Ferdinand | EducationGhana | November 10 | Understanding the 2023 BECE Grading System: Exclusive Insights from Eduwatch CEO
Kofi Asare, CEO of Eduwatch, provides a detailed explanation of the BECE grading system used by WAEC. The Stanine Grading System is norm-referenced, and Asare breaks down the percentage brackets for each grade, shedding light on how candidates are categorized.
Accra, Ghana: Kofi Asare, CEO of Eduwatch, has offered valuable insights into the grading system used for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). The Stanine Grading System, a norm-referenced approach, is the basis for assessing candidates’ performance in the BECE.
Key Points Explained by Kofi Asare:
- Norm-Referenced System: The Stanine grading system is norm-referenced, indicating that the structure of the results is predetermined. Candidates must justify their inclusion in specific percentage brackets to obtain certain grades.
- Percentage brackets for Grades 1–9: Almost 600,000 candidates participated in the BECE, and the distribution of grades is as follows:
- Grade 1: The top 4% (24,000) of candidates who sit for a subject paper can obtain Grade 1.
- Grade 2: The next 7% (42,000) automatically receive Grade 2.
- Grade 3: The subsequent 12% (72,000) automatically obtain Grade 3.
- Grade 4: The next 17% (102,000) automatically receive Grade 4.
- Grade 5: The following 20% (120,000) automatically obtain Grade 5.
- Grade 6: The next 17% (102,000) automatically receive Grade 6.
- The pattern continues, ensuring that each grade has a predetermined percentage bracket.
- Illustrative Example: As an illustration, even if a candidate scores 90% in mathematics, they might fall into the second 7% bracket and receive Grade 2. This is because the top 4% had scores ranging from 91 to 100%.
- Limitation on Grade 1: Notably, not more than 4% of candidates can achieve Grade 1 in any subject.
Understanding the BECE grading system, particularly the Stanine approach, provides clarity on how candidates are categorized based on their performance.
Kofi Asare’s explanation sheds light on the predetermined percentage brackets for each grade, emphasizing the competitive nature of Grade 1 and the importance of relative performance among candidates.
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