The new clerical instructions governing public examinations have changed some features regarding the grading system.
For case, Grade value “ 1 ” is no longer the loftiest. The loftiest is now grade value “ 6 ”, the smallest being grade value “ 0 ” which was n’t there ahead.
According to Article 30 of the clerical instructions, the grading of core subjects now consists of a seven( 7) point scale expressed in both numerical and alphabetical grades reflecting the seeker’s position of achievement in each subject.
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The Ministry of Education through the National Examinations and seminaries Inspection Authority( NESA) set the instructions in the frame for administering and managing public examinations in seminaries of general and professional education and specialized and vocational training.
The instructions were inked on July 26 and have started being enforced, according to Camille Kanamugire, Acting Head of Basic Education and TVET Examination Department at NESA.
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The norms- grounded grading boundaries of public examinations core subjects are now the following from 70 to 100 per cent is described as “ Excellent ” with a letter grade “ A ” and Grade Value “ 6 ”. From 65 to 69 per cent is described as “ veritably Good ” with a letter grade “ B ” and Grade Value “ 5 ”. From 60 to 64 per cent is described as “ Good ” with a letter grade “ C ” and Grade Value “ 4 ”.
From 50 to 59 per cent is described as “ Satisfactory ” with a letter grade “ D ” and Grade Value “ 3 ”, From 40 to 49 per cent is described as “ Acceptable ” with a letter grade “ E ” and Grade Value “ 2 ”. From 20 to 39 per cent is described as “ fair ” with a letter grade “ S ” and Grade Value “ 1 ” and from 0 to 19 per cent is described as “ Fail ” with a letter grade “ F ” and Grade Value “ 0 ”.
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For attachment subjects from 40 to 100 per cent is described as “ Fair ” with a letter grade “ S ” and Grade value “ 1 ” and from 0 to 39 per cent is described as “ Fail ” with a letter grade “ F ” and Grade Value “ 0 ”.
For TVET and Professional education, Integrated Assessments, Teaching Practicum, Accounting practice and clinical attachment and practice are graded by “ A ” ranging from 70 marks to 100 marks and “ F ” ranging from 0 to 69 marks. The letter grade “ A ” has a grade value of “ 6 ” and the letter grade “ F ” has a grade value of “ 0 ”.
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According to Kanamugire, the new grading system was set to fluently be understood by any person.
“ It was hard for some people to understand that a pupil with aggregate “ 5 ” is the first and the bone
with “ 20 ” has failed in the primary leaving examination, ” he said. “ With the new grading system, the loftiest score in a subject is 6 rather of 1 and the stylish total is 30 rather of 5. ”
diving Advanced Level, he said the loftiest total is now 60 whether for general education, TVET or TTC while it used to be 73, 60 and 100, independently.
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For Ordinary position, he said, “ we only counted eight subjects that a seeker scored well and exclude one with the smallest grade value, but with the new instructions, we will count all nine subjects because we set up out that they’re all mandatory. The stylish seeker will score an total of 54 rather of 8. ”
Marking is underway
According to Kanamugire, the marking exertion for primary leaving examinations started on July 26 and will run until August 27.
For Ordinary position, TVET, General Education and TTC, the marking will be between August 10 and September 11.
Kanamugire said that a system named School Data Management System( SDMS) is anticipated to ease the marking process as well as analysis and publication of the results.
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