Updates on A Level grades today

PETALING JAYA: Grades awarded to students who sat for the recent A Level exams will not be lower than the predicted grades submitted by their schools.

And, where a grade was higher than the predicted grade, the higher grade will stand.

Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) will issue the new grades for the June 2020 series as “soon as possible”.

Schools will be updated on the process today.

“We will also share the new grades with universities and admissions organisations as soon as we can in the coming days, ” a statement on the CAIE website read.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cambridge cancelled sit-down final exams for the June 2020 series.

Instead, students were graded based on their work, mock exam results, teacher assessments and other factors.

On Aug 14, The Star highlighted the plight of disappointed students who received their results on Aug 11.

It is estimated that some 3,000 Malaysians had sat for the exams and like their global counterparts, they were upset that their results had been downgraded.

This led to a petition launched on change.org for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intervene for the UK’s A Level and General Certificate of Secondary Education results.

The petition had garnered over 200,000 signatures.

“We know teachers worked extremely hard to gather evidence and work out predicted grades, and we have viewed a significant proportion of the evidence schools used to make their predictions, ” CAIE said in the statement posted on Monday.

In an immediate response, INTI International College Penang chief executive Hemalatha Murugiah said students would have to wait for the revised grades to be sent.

“CAIE has assured us that they will revert soon on the revised grading based on teachers’ predictions.

“This is expected to ease the stress on students who were dissatisfied with the grades awarded using the statistical modelling, ” she said, adding that the teachers’ predictions would be a more accurate benchmark of the students’ potential but it may not represent the benchmarking exercise against regional or world rankings.

UCSI College president and chief executive officer Dr Mabel Tan said their predicted grades were based on the AS results and school-based exams.

AS is the first semester exams for the pre-university studies.

“And due to our accurate forecast, University of Melbourne has accepted our predicted grades for the full entry of our students, ” she said.

“When the results based on a statistical algorithm were released last week, we met with the CAIE country manager and also wrote many emails regarding individual students who were affected, ” she said.

Sunway Education Group CEO Elizabeth Lee said the A Level results were only used for purposes of university entry.

“At the end of the day, the important thing is whether the student has learnt adequately to embark on their higher studies with success, ” she said.

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