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NUC Challenges Stakeholders On Grading System

The Executive Secretary National Universities Commission Prof. Julius Okojie, has challenge stakeholders to find a common grading system that would facilitate inter-university credit transfer and student mobility both within and outside the country.

According to him, he said the proposed review would not only facilitate curriculum design within the university that would foster inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary collaboration, but would also minimise duplication thereby enhancing understanding, by the outside world of the grading system in the Nigerian universities for the purpose of adding the engagement of the Nigerian University graduates.

He further said that the review would help students of Nigerian universities to focus on their academic pursuit in order to ensure that there is an acceptable level of competency by students within the Nigerian University system. “The National Universities Commission (NUC) hopes to incorporate the agreed method of CGPA computation and grading in both the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for the different disciplines offers in the Nigerian University system as well as compendium of NUC’s guidelines.

The commission abolished pass degree from the grading and classification of degrees in the Nigerian University system (NUS) in 2006. Under the policy, the Minimum CGPA required by a student for graduation is 1.5.

Unfortunately, when the Benchmark Minimum Academic standard (BMAS) documents were reviewed in 2007, the document did not take into consideration the technical implications of the policy thereby allowing individual institutions and disciplines to implement the directive by discretion.. While some disciplines use the 6 grade points of 5,4,3,2,1,0 for letter grades of A, B, C, D , E, and F respectively, other disciplines removed the E grade although thereby having a grading system with grade point of 5,4,3,2,0 for letter grade of A, B, C, D and F respectively “he said.


– Charity Simon, Abuja

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