Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:21 pm
By Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan
In line with international best practices, the University of Ibadan, UI, has announced a change in his grading system from the 7.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average, CGPA, scale to 4.0 CGPA scale effective from the 2016/2017 academic session.
With this, newly admitted 100 level and direct entry students will be graded using this new CGPA system.
This was made known in a memo signed by Professor M. A. Kehinde and was made available on the university’s official website.
This is in a bid to align with other universities worldwide and the recommendation of the National Universities Commission, NUC.
According to the memo at the senate meeting of 18 July 2016, the university decided on the new grading system on minimum unit to be registered for and pass by students at each level as well as a change in the status of GES courses in the university as follows: “The average minimum units taken at each Level should be 40 units; the minimum units to be passed at each Level by students in order to proceed to the next Level should be 60% of 40 units; All GES courses, with the exception of the “Use of English I & II (GES 101 and 201)”, should be made to acquire the status of REQUIRED COURSES. And the 4-Point Scale Grading System should be adopted in order to align with other universities world-wide and the recommendation of the National Universities Commission (NUC)”.
The memo went further: “The above implies that the recommended Average Minimum Units expected of the students to take/register for is now 40 units (for the new intakes: 100 Level) as against the old 30 units. Given this development, the regulations guiding withdrawal of students in the University in respect of the new system are as follows; 100 Level: At the end of first year, a student who has passed less than 24 units should be asked to withdraw from the University; 200 Level: At the end of second year, a student who has passed less than 48 units (cumulative) should be asked to withdraw from the University; 300 Level: At the end of third year, a student who has passed less than 72 units (cumulative) should be asked to withdraw from the University and the CGPA at each level should not be less than 1.0”.
The memo concluded, “Under the new Four (4)-Point Grading Scale, grades to be used for students who have satisfactorily completed the course of study are as follows: A (70 and above) 4, B (60-69%) 3, C (50-59%) 2, D (45-49%) 1, and E (40-44%) 0. CGPA Ranges under the new Four (4)- Point Grading Scale for Classification of Degrees: 3.5- 4.00 – First Class Honours; 3.0-3.49 – Second Class Honours (Upper Division); 2.0-2.99 – Second Class Honours (Lower Division) and 1.0-1.99 – Third Class Honours. No student whose CGPA is less than 1.0 shall be awarded a degree
The university however enjoined the deans of faculties, and heads of departments to ensure compliance and commencement of the new regulations with the intakes of 2016/2017 Session, while the old regulations remain applicable to students admitted before the 2016/2017 Session.