Psychology 9990 AS and A Level Syllabus

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Dear University of Cambridge,
Can I please receive information regarding the number of entries for the following syllabuses in Sri Lanka for the 2018 May/June series?
(A) Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science (9693)
(B) Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology (9990)

Yours faithfully,

Indraja

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Dukula

21 May, 09:31 BST

Dear University of Cambridge,
Can I please receive information regarding the number of entries for the following syllabuses in Sri Lanka for the 2018 May/June series?
(A) Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science (9693)
(B) Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology (9990)

Yours faithfully,

Indraja

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Indraja

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John Harris,

Dear Indraja

 

I am now writing to let you know the outcome of my internal review.

 

I am upholding the decision by colleagues in Cambridge Assessment
International Education to withhold the information that you requested. My
view is that our competitors could gain a competitive advantage if we
released exam entry data for specific qualifications in specific markets
as this would enable them to get a clear understanding of how we are
performing and  help them to devise their marketing and sales strategies
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Section 43 is a qualified exemption and we are, therefore, obliged to
consider the public interest test. It is not clear to me how the public
interest would be served by releasing this information and it’s also
important to highlight that the qualifications are not used currently in
state-maintained schools in Sri Lanka so I am not sure why there would be
a broader public interest in this information. Conversely by releasing the
information we could, as I have stated above, be undermining our own
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