A-level result review decision appreciated

Ershad Kamol | Published: 01:10, Aug 22,2020


English medium schools and students have welcomed the decision of the authorities concerned to review the recently published A-level results.

The exam takers said that it might upgrade their grades, which, they said were unexpectedly low.

Many teachers, students and parents said that they became frustrated for not getting expected grades in A-level results, published on August 11, and were worried about enrolment at expected universities abroad.

‘It’s a welcome move as many students got lower grades than the predictions of the teachers,’ Hurdco International School principal Jinnat Ali said.

Over 8,000 students from Bangladesh received results of June 2020 series, said Shahin Reza, the Cambridge International’ country manager, while Pearson Edexcel authority could not say till Wednesday the number of the students taken A-Level exams under the Edexcel board from Bangladesh.

Issuing separate notices, Cambridge International and Pearson, the owner of the private Edexcel board, on August 17 said that they would review the results and would award those soon again.

They said that the grades would be no lower than the grades predicted by their schools or examination centres.

‘Where a grade we issued last week was higher than the predicted grade, the higher grade will stand,’ reads Cambridge International website.

‘We will issue new grades as soon as possible. We will also share the new grades with universities and admission organisations,’ it adds.

For private candidates, it reads, ALevel grade would not be lower than their Advanced Supplementary Level result of 2019.

The move came following widespread criticism from the students and schools from across the globe after nearly 39 per cent of A-level grades awarded by the British boards were lower than teachers’ predictions, international media reported.

Bangladeshi student Intesar Nibras said that the move for reviewing the results might create opportunity for him to apply at the university of his choice in Canada.

‘I got lower grade in mathematics and physics than that I received in the Advanced Supplementary exams,’ he said.

‘I thought to appeal through my school,’ he said.

English Medium School Association General Secretary GM Nizam Uddin, also principal of Green Gems International School, said that the problem was created as the British boards introduced a new formula for evaluating students objectively based on performances of their past few years without holding any exams amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The review of the results might satisfy the students and schools. Even not, they will have chance to appeal,’ he said.

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