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How to obtain a Higher School Certificate privately in Mauritius?

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janet 03 Jun 2012

Dear readers,

I need to know the procedures in obtaining a Higher School Certificate in Mauritius.

Well, I just turned 19 and I hold a SC from Mauritius. When I was 17 I went to live in another country for some personal reason.

Now that I am back, I went to MES to ask about the fees for A' Level exams. They told me it would be better to hold a Higher School Certificate.

One can own a Higher School Certificate by attending school only. But I have other plans and therefore cannot attend school.

Do you think that there are schools which will accept my money and allow me to take the exams on their school?

Please help.





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Le-Sucre_Adam 06 Jun 2012

Hi Janet, it all depends on which subject you Intend to do for the HSC. If the subjects you plan to take for the HSC do have some practical work, like chemistry/physics then a school is compulsory, but for other subjects I guess you can be a simple private candidate.

natanaelmonty 27 Jan 2014

but may i know why MES still argue that a HSC certificate is better than a GCE A level..some state that you can go on with your GCE while official bodies maintain that HSC is better..who to trust..pls help!!

gices 04 Jun 2012

SC is equivalent to O Levels and HSC to A Levels.

So by getting the A Level certificate, you are effectively getting the Higher School Certificate.

You can do your A Levels privately and many people do that here. Refer to Khush's list for institutions where you'll be able to do that.

Check this link to get an idea of the fees for private candidates.

PS : There's no need to ask the same thing many times on different posts; only one question is enough and we generally answer quite fast.

Khush_Mendossa 04 Jun 2012

Try Ocep. OCEP (The Open College) Ocep Complex Boulevard Victoria (Near the south station or Lake point) Curepipe

MAURICIA INSTITUTE 1 La Hausse de la Louvière Street FLOREAL

Full Day School/Sumputh Secondary School (B & G) 7 A, Dr Roux Street, Rose Hill 467-2601 467-2601

Ocep The Open College (B & G) 3 Labourdonnais Street Port Louis 213-1159 213-1159

City College (B & G) 19, Dr Eugene Laurent St., Port Louis 208-2531 208-2531

Full Day School /Samputh Secondary School VI 44, Labourdonnais Street Port Louis 213-4953 674-2264 7560844 674-2264

Institute of Islamic & Secular Studies (B & G) 69,Cassis Road,Cassis, Port Louis 211-3167 208 3079 210-9453

St Patrick's College (B & G) T. D'Arifat Road, Curepipe 676-3380

Doha Secondary School (B & G) Giquel St., Engrais Cathan, Eau Coulee, Curepipe Road 696-2518

Check this also: Private Secondary Schools Association

By the way, with 2 'A' Levels you get entry to the university. You would be surprised to see how many people don't have H.S.C but only 'A' levels and have got a job.

janet 04 Jun 2012

Hey dear.. Thanks.. I will contact these schools. The problem is that I used to be in one of the best schools of the country. I heard that OCEP is a school with bad reputation. Won't employers find it weird?



Khush_Mendossa 04 Jun 2012

May I know which school?

Employers won't find it weird until you have good results (A Level). I can't tarnish the image of OCEP. You must get in contact with some students there. Else there are plenty of other institutions :)

Last suggestion I have: take only private tuition and take your exams at MES when you are ready.

By the way, which subjects you plan to learn?

Jeff_2 29 Jun 2012

go to mauricia institute!! its the best!!!

Port_Cur 25 Jul 2012

Its good for you to continue learning and looking for a good college. I think that you got the wrong information about Ocep. Ocep has students who ranked among the best five candidates at HSC levels since 2004 on a continuous basis in a number of subjects such as Law, Travel & tourism. The college has also won a Number of National Sport Competitions and has produced graduates, doctors, barristers... we are simply proud to be a student of Ocep College

CloudbustO6901 09 Feb 2014

-Important: Do you need to attend school if one want to retry a 2nd time CIE HSC examination to obtain a better HSC certificate?

What I mean if it possible to obtain a HSC certificate privately on "Science Side" (Maths, Physics, Chemistry) without re-attending school a 2nd time if it is your (second time) taking the HSC examination?

  • Also is it possible to compete as a private candidate for HSC for just your "3" main subjects and to obtain a HSC certificate?

I wanted to know cause I heard/read somewhere that school is compulsory for subjects having practical sections in it like Physics, Chemistry... if you want to obtain a HSC certificate even on private. But they did not say if it was also compulsory for 2nd attend...

moricien 05 Jun 2012

Hi Janet, it is not possible for you to obtain your HSC without being in a college. So you'll obligatory need a college for you to obtain your HSC.

Money will not really work here, as your presence is count in the college. This presence is then sent to the MES which then gives authority to the college to allow a student to sit for the HSC exam.

Hope this bit of info helps..

janet 04 Jun 2012

Hey gices,

No dear, when one sits privately for the A Level exams, one gets a GCE certificate. It does not indicate "RESULT: PASS" as such.

Thanks for replying.

Take care...



janet 04 Jun 2012

You think that colleges like Notre Dame or Loretto will allow me do that?


Khush_Mendossa 04 Jun 2012

Unless your S.C results were super good I don't think they will allow you to do so.

And concerning the A Level thing, you take the same exams as the H.S.C students. I suggest that you do 3 A Levels (main) and 2 AS (Advanced Subsidiary). This way, you will get the same 'status' as a school student.

janet 04 Jun 2012

Yes, my S.C results are good.

I will contact them tomorrow.

What about sitting for 4 A Levels?

Will I still get the HSC..?

Thanks dear.

Khush_Mendossa 04 Jun 2012

No you won't.

You're welcome. Keep us informed.

dyaanush 30 Dec 2013

hi l want to know if 3 main and 1 as wll b hsc or gce