January 27, 2021

Cambridge introduces new grading system in lieu of May/June exams

Like every other aspect of life these days, the education sector has also been dramatically transformed as a result of Covid-19. As a result, many educational boards and schools have been forced to change their schedules, dismiss their academic activities, and cancel their exams to cope with the situation.

The Cambridge Assessment International Education has also decided to cancel the May/June 2020 examinations across the globe for the safety and well-being of students and teachers alike.

Although the move has significantly impacted millions of students worldwide, Cambridge has made sure that students’ academic progress is not hindered and they can move forward with their future study and career plans. To this end, the body has collaborated with different schools and has developed a process in lieu of the May/ June 2020 exams. Under the new process, students’ knowledge and abilities in each subject area will be assessed and graded by Cambridge accordingly.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Cambridge International’s Country Director for Pakistan Uzma Yousuf said that the newly-devised strategy is very similar to the one adopted in the United Kingdom and applies to Cambridge-affiliated schools across the globe.

“[In keeping with the ongoing situation], schools have been given two options. They can submit their students’ academic performance reports and receive a grade for the May/ June 2020 examinations. Alternatively, schools can register their students in the conventional way to sit in the October/ November 2020 exams,” Yousuf said.

She explained that Cambridge has included 15 additional subjects in the October/November 2020 session so that candidates will be able to sit in the exams of their choice and would not have to wait until the next year.

“For the first time, students from Pakistan will be able to appear in exams of subjects like Urdu in the October/ November session.”

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