O and A Level exam grade policy FINALLY revised. Here's all you need to know

It is pertinent to mention that the May and June exams were canceled in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood, recently revealed the latest Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) decision regarding the grades for May and June 2020 exams. He exclaimed that the Federal Government’s efforts had borne fruit as the CAIE had made the following marking policy decisions:

  • The grades for May and June 2020 exams would not be less than the predicted grades calculated by the schools.
  • In case a grade is higher than the expected grade, the higher grade will stand.

Mahmood said:

CAIE has directed the schools to inform students of the predicted grades sent to it. Soon they will announce the new grades for the May and June 2020 exams.

It is pertinent to mention that the May and June exams were canceled in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A method was devised to grade candidates without examinations; a 4-step process that combined evidence at its disposal and evidence provided by the schools to assign predictive grades and ranks to all candidates without exams.

Last week, The CAIE released the results of the May and June 2020 exams based on the process. However, students expecting As and Bs were accorded Cs and Ds, and those who deserved Bs and Cs were rewarded with As.

As soon as the students saw these results, they were dismayed. A-Level students felt demotivated to apply for higher studies to top international institutes, as they believed their grades reduced their chances for admission to a university of their choice. Many students lost their scholarships and grants.

The students claimed that their accorded grades completely contradicted their expected grades. They argued that the expected grades were based on their class performance, course work, assignments, and mock exams, so the CAIE should have regarded them in the final grading.

The students rejected the May and June exams result and stated that the 4-step evidence-based process employed by the CAIE for grading was unfair. Social media was flooded with students’ anger and disagreement over the May and June 2020 exams result. All the 2020 series CAIE candidates urged the Education Minister to take notice of the issue.

Thus, Mahmood had announced approaching the CAIE over the unfair grading matter of the May and June 2020 series.

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