Bahrain to investigate inflated school grades

June 7, 2011

Al Nuaimi sharing a story with a student

Bahrain’s education minister on Tuesday called for a thorough assessment of the school evaluation system to do away with inflated grades.

Majed Al Nuaimi called for the evaluation after reports from exam specialists highlighted huge discrepancies between classroom grades and semester finals results, suggesting over-inflated marks given by class teachers.

According to the reports for this semester, 65 students had a classroom grade average of more than 45 out of 50, but failed to score ten in the final exams.

The reports also referred to the case of 24 students who scored 48 out of 50 in the classroom exams, but could not achieve a ten out of 50 in the finals.

“We have noted that 48.36 per cent of all students had more than 45 out of 50 in their classroom exams,” the minister said.

Educators will have, under the latest orders of the minister, to study the reasons of the huge gaps between classroom and final grades and to recommend ways to address them.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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