Cambridge International Addresses Criticism Surrounding AS and A-Level Results 2023

Cambridge International Addresses Criticism Surrounding AS and A-Level Results 2023

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Cambridge International has responded to student concerns regarding the grading of AS and A-Level results this year. Specifically, Pakistani students expressed disappointment with their grades and have called for a reevaluation of the grading system, including a request for a reexamination of the cancelled papers.


In response to the backlash, Cambridge International issued a statement on Sunday, asserting that the grading for this year has been reverted to the pre-pandemic standard set in 2019. Pakistani students who received results from the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) AS and A-Level exams were disheartened by the presence of Cs and Es in their grades, attributing this outcome to perceived unfairness.


The cancellation of exams on May 9 and 12, prompted by political turmoil stemming from the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, led to the issuance of average grades. Students, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the grading process, labeling it unjust and calling for a review of the cancelled papers to allow for grade improvement.


A spokesperson from Cambridge International clarified that the current standard aligns with that of 2019, ensuring that a student who would have attained an A grade in 2019 would have an equivalent likelihood of achieving an A in 2023.


The statement acknowledged the global implementation of this standard shift and recognized the disappointment expressed by some Pakistani students with their AS and A-Level results, which were released on August 10. It noted that concerns were particularly prevalent among students who missed exam components due to the cancellations on May 10-12.


To address concerns about the reliability of assessed marks for students who missed exam components, the spokesperson emphasized that well-established procedures ensure equitable evaluation. Assessed marks are designed to prevent any unfair advantage or disadvantage for students who were unable to take the exams.


While acknowledging that few students would prefer this approach for awarding results, Cambridge International stressed that, given the challenging circumstances, assessed marks constitute the most suitable option. This method enables students to receive results and progress to the subsequent stage of their education, ensuring a fair and balanced assessment process.

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