Bece grading system in Ghana, Candidates are graded based on performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools. A nine-point numerical scale is used in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.
History of the new West African Examination Council grading system.
The West African Examination Council did a revamping of the different grading systems for the different examinations that are done nationwide. They did this with an aim of improving the education grading systems. The main reasons for changing the examination was due to the demerits that the old grading systems brought with.
Some of the reasons include;
The old system made it almost impossible for the analysis of the grades that had been recorded every year. This means that it was impossible to gauge the grades and it made it impossible to know if there was improvement or not.
The grades were not reflecting the standards of education. It was hard to know if the teaching improved or deteriorated.
Below is a guide on the new and old grading system for the various WAEC examinations.WAEC grading system for BECE
The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the exam that is taken by the junior high school students who wish to join a senior high school of their choice. The aim of the BECE examination is to examen the candidate by testing the level of achievement he/she has made in the different subjects they have undertaken. This is a school leaving and also a determinative examination. It determines the senior high school that one will be posted.
The grading of the BECE is based on a nine(9)-scale grading system. The system was designed to help correct the old grading system by encompassing three key elements.
BECE grades and their interpretations
Below is the 9 grade system adopted for the BECE examination and their interpretation
Grade 1- excellent
Grade 2 – very good
Grade 3 – good
Grade 4 – high average
Grade 5- average
Grade 6- low average
Grade 7- low
Grade 8- lower
Grade 9- lowest