Public Examination

Gazette on new grading system soon

Md Solamain Salman

20 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government will replace GPA-5 with GPA-4 under a new grading system in public examinations from this year.

As per the new system, the 4-point scale will replace the current 5-point scale used for publishing the grade point average (GPA) in public exams.

The Dhaka education board recently submitted the final draft of the new grading system to the education ministry. The education ministry sources said they are now carrying out the final scrutinizing of the draft and the ministry will issue a gazette notification soon.

Dhaka education board proposed to hold this year’s Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) exams under the new grading system.

“As per the Dhaka education board proposal, the ministry is also agreed to hold this year’s JSC and JDC exams under the new grading system,” said a ministry official.

According to the new grading system, the scores ranging from 90 to 100 will be latter grade A+ with a grade point of 4; scores ranging from 80 to 89 will be considered as A with a grade point of 3.5; 70-79 will be considered latter grade B+ with a grade point of 3; score 60-69 will be latter grade B with a grade point of 2.5; 50-59 letter grade C+ and a grade point 2, 40-49 letter grade C with a grade point of 1.5; 33-39 letter grade D and grade point of 1; and score between 0 and 32 will be marked as letter grade F with a grade point of 0.

Earlier in the middle of last year, the education ministry asked Dhaka education board to formulate a new grading system for publishing results in public exams following the international standard. Following the instruction, the Dhaka education board had started their work to introduce the new grading system for the public exams.

After around eight months, the education board finalized the new system based on field-level research, discussions and inputs.

Initially, the education ministry came up with three separate grading systems. Later, they finalised the one out of the three grading systems after holding two separate workshops on September 8 and December 6.

The meeting held on September 8 with education ministry Dr Dipu Moni in the chair agreed to change the existing grading scale from five to four for JSC, SSC and HSC examinations.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni told the meeting that Bangladeshi students have been facing issues after going abroad for studies due to differences in scales in the public exams here.

She also said the Bangladeshi students will not face such problems after the introduction of the new system.

Dhaka education board chairman Prof M Ziaul Haque said: “We sent the final proposal to the education ministry and hope that the ministry will issue a gazette soon.” “We will inform all the students soon after the gazette issued by the ministry in this regard,” he added.

At present, all the results of public exams are publishing by GPA 5 while the universities are publishing results through CGPA-4. But all the exam results are publishing in GPA 4 scale in other countries.

Sources also said the primary and mass education ministry will also follow the new grading system for primary completion education (PEC) and Ebtadayee exams.

Educationist Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam recently said the introduction of the GPA-4 scale in public exams will help maintain consistency with the international standard. The education ministry earlier introduced the grading system for the SSC exam in 2001 and for the HSC exam in 2003.