Hyderabad: From this academic year 2017-18, grading system will be introduced for the Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE), starting with the first year students appearing for their examinations in March. The Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) has decided to do away with the existing marks system and introduce the grading system.
According to sources, the grading will be on the lines of the system in place for the SSC Public Examinations. Students appearing for the first year IPE in March 2018 will be given grades. The existing second year students, who were given marks in their first year examinations will, however, be awarded marks for their final exams. From 2018-19, grading will be given to both first and second year students appearing for IPE.
A decision to this effect had been by the Board according to the recommendations of a committee constituted to look into various issued including grading, fee and hostels in private and corporate junior colleges across the State.
The decision was also prompted by the practice of corporate and private junior colleges putting pressure on students to perform, thereby driving several students to suicide. This year alone, 30 students committed suicide as they failed to cope with the academic pressure and stress. Recently, during a meeting convened by the Board with parents and college managements, parents had voted for the grading system. Now, with the introduction of the system, the pressure and stress on students to perform well and score more marks is expected to come down in a big way.
This apart, the Board also decided to crack the whip on private and corporate college managements for making admissions before the notification for the same was issued and also for indulging in PR activity. The Board also took a serious view of the facilities being provided by corporate colleges in hostels and made it mandatory for the managements to take permission from it to run hostels from this year.