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Ministry enforces grading standards
  • | VNS | June 23, 2011 07:14 AM

The marking process of high school graduation examinations by teachers at the provincial level should follow the standards set by the Ministry of Education and Training, and any examiner who fails to comply will be punished in compliance with regulations.

The ministry will not allow examiners to award students inflated grades, and if necessary will remark papers where instances of this are occurring.

These remarks were made by Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien in response to concerns that marking varied across provinces.

Initial projections had shown that the percentage of students who passed the exams this year was very high. In the majority of provinces, the pass rate was up by 1 to 3 percent over last year, and in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, that figure soared by 19 percent.

This raised concerns over the difficulty of the tests. Hien, who is also head of the committee that oversaw the examination, said the questions were constructed based on a standard set of knowledge and skills, regardless of a student\'s capacity.

Teaching and training activities had improved and students were enjoying the benefits, he said.

Students from Hanoi had the highest pass rate at 98 percent, with 49 out of 245 schools achieving a perfect 100 percent.

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