Grading Controversies in the Assessment of University Graduates in Bangladesh

  • Ziaul Karim Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Languages atBangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • Jamal Hossain Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Presidency University, Dhaka
Keywords: Grading system, university, assessment criteria, uniformity

Abstract

Tertiary education has undergone several changes in the past few decades in Bangladesh. And one of the important alterations seems to be the introduction of letter grade system instead of numeric marking for assessment. Though letter grading as part of assessment is now an integral component of all the universities in Bangladesh, surprisingly this method of assessment is not consistent, even though the University Grants Commission (UGC) has provided a uniform grading scale to follow. This study attempts to find out the purposes of grading, problems with current grading practices and the impact of such discrete grading system on the learners and teachers. Finally, it suggests some ways out in order to bring harmony to the overall grading process.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/ctbijis.v2i1.10813

Crossing the Border: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Vol.2(1) 2014: 61-74

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Ziaul Karim, Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Languages atBangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

Ziaul Karim is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Languages at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh. He worked as a full time faculty in the Department of English at Presidency University and as an adjunct one in Independent University Bangladesh and Southeast University. He was a Consultant for Survival English at International Organization for Migration (IOM) and conducted an English Language Skills Development course for some engineers at ICDDR,B. He also earned experience as an English Medium teacher by working at Touheed’s Academy and Green Dale International School in Dhaka. He took parttime classes as a Spoken English teacher at Hermann Gmeiner College and Future Commerce College in Dhaka as well. He worked as an Executive Committee Member of Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA). He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Department of English, Dhaka University. Later on he achieved certificates on TESOL from the University of South Carolina and on ‘Teaching Language Skills through the Interactive Web” from the University of Oregon, USA.

Jamal Hossain, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Presidency University, Dhaka

Jamal Hossain is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Presidency University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is the current Treasurer (2013-2014) of Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA). He has been involved with this association for the last six years and has worked in several management committees responsible for organizing different national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. He took part in a good number of teacher training workshops and seminars. He presented research papers in four international conferences held in Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka, and Johor. His research papers have been published at home and abroad. His areas of interests in ELT include materials development, assessment, and ESP. Md. Jamal Hossain completed his BA (Honours) in English and MA in English Literature from Dhaka University. He also completed online certificate courses on TESOL from the University of South Carolina and ESP from the University of Oregon. He is pursuing his PhD at the Department of English at Dhaka University at present.

Published
2014-07-27
How to Cite
Karim, Z., & Hossain, J. (2014). Grading Controversies in the Assessment of University Graduates in Bangladesh. Crossing the Border: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(1), 61-74. https://doi.org/10.3126/ctbijis.v2i1.10813
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