Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) has decided to introduce letter grading system in Grade XI and XII examinations from the upcoming academic session. A meeting of HSEB Council chaired by Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel yesterday decided to introduce letter grading system in Grade XI and XII. The council also decided to allow HSEB to run Distance/Open Education in Grade XI and XII.
Earlier, the Office of the Controller of the Examinations (OCE) had decided to introduce letter grading system in SLC examinations, while a week ago the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training also decided to implement the letter grading system at various levels.
Chaitanya Sharma, vice chairperson, HSEB said they took a policy-level decision to introduce letter grading system but the number of grades will be finalized later. “We are going to form a technical team of five people, including HSEB representatives, experts from universities and education ministry officials to decide on the matter.”
The OCE had decided to award nine grades A+, A, B+, B, C+, C, D, E and N to SLC examinees on the basis of marks scored in the examinations. A+ will be equivalent to four GPA, A to 3.6, B+ to 3.2, B to 2.8, C+ to 2.4, C to 2.0, D to 1.6, and E to 0.8.
Sharma said the technical team would be given a month to conduct study on letter grading system in the plus-two level.“Students obtaining lower than grade ‘C’ won’t be enrolled in Grade XI,” he added. CTEVT also decided not to take students obtaining below grade ‘C’.
A five-member committee has been formed under Khagraj Baral, director general of Department of Education, to develop working procedure and identify practical difficulties for implementing the decision.