Nigerian Varsities Reverts to 5-Point Grading System & Degree Classification

Nigerian Varsities Reverts to 5-Point Grading System & Degree Classification

National Universities Commission, NUC Orders Universities to Revert to the Use of 5-Point Grading System & Degree Classification in Nigerian Universities.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed that all Nigerian Universities should revert to the five point scale of grading system hitherto in use with effect from the 2018/2019 academic session.

In a statement signed by Dr G.B. Kumo, Director Academic Planning for the Executive Secretary of NUC, the Commission stated that it has been inundated with series of inquiries particularly from the International Organizations and Foreign Universities on the status of the four point scale in use and previous degrees issued during the five point scale.

Presenting the letter on the Grading System and Degree classification in the Nigerian University System to Members of Senate, the Director Academic Planning Unit, Professor Vincent Asuru said that the issue of course credit system of Grade Point Average in the Nigerian University System was discussed by Directors of Academic Planning Units early 2017 when they met and that the issue of the removal of pass degree was discussed leading to the adoption of a four point grading system.

However, the four point scale which some universities started implementing was also found to have severe implementation shortcomings with some universities observing serious difficulties getting students to acquire average class of degree while the scale made it easier for students to have first class degrees.

Professor Vincent Asuru however stated that Ignatius Ajuru University of Education had maintained the five point scale of grading system before the directives from the National Universities Commission ( NUC).

Below is an excerpt of the letter from NUC dispatched to all Vice Chancellors of the various Universities in Nigeria. 

Vice Chancellors would please recall that in early 2017, Director of Academic Planning met to discuss the issue of Course Credit System and Grade Point Average in the Nigerian University System in particular, the issue of the removal of Pass Degree was discussed leading to the adoption of a 4-point grading system.

However, the 4-point scale which some universities started implementing was also found do have severe implementation short comings, with some universities observing serious difficulties in getting students to acquire average class of degree, while the scale made it easier for students to have first class degrees.

Furthermore, the commission is recently enundated with series of inquires particularly from International Organizations and Foreign Universities on the status of the 4-point scale in use and previous degrees issued using the 5-point scale.

In view of that, I am directed to inform all Vice Chancellors that all Nigerian Universities should revert to the Five-point scale hitherto in use with effect from the 2018/2019 academic session. Vice Chancellors are further advised to with their Director of Academic Planning for further clarification on this matter.

Please accept the assurances of the highest regards of the Executive Secretary.

SIGNED
Dr. G. B. Kumo
Director, Academic Planning
For; Executive Secretary.
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