The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) in Pakistan has introduced a revolutionary 10-point grading system for matriculation and intermediate examinations, marking a significant shift from the traditional 7-point grading scale.
The change, set to be implemented in 2024 for classes 9th and 11th annual examinations, aims to alleviate the intense competition for high marks and focus more on quality education.
The new grading system, comprising grades A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C, D, E, and U, is designed to offer a more nuanced evaluation of student performance compared to the previous A-1, A, B, C, D, E, F scale.
The initiative is part of a broader effort to curb the marks race that often places undue stress on students, parents, and educational institutions. By adopting this system, the IBCC seeks to enhance the assessment process, ensuring a more balanced and comprehensive evaluation of student learning.
Implementation and Endorsement
Implementing this new grading scheme was a key focus at a recent workshop for Sindh examination boards. IBCC Chairman Ghulam Ali Mallah emphasized the need to move away from the marks race and concentrate on delivering superior education. The workshop demonstrated a strong commitment from the Sindh Examination Boards to embrace these progressive educational reforms.
Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Chairman Sharaf Ali Shah also highlighted the global prevalence of similar grading systems, stressing the importance of evolving educational assessment methods to meet the changing needs of students.
It is crucial to note that this shift in grading policy does not affect the actual academic content or qualifications. The scheme of studies remains unchanged, ensuring that the educational standards and learning objectives are met even with the new grading system.