Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) grants equivalency of IB grades to Pakistani Education Board grading scheme for May 2021 examinations


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The 167th meeting of the Equivalence Committee of the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) was held under the chairmanship of Dr Shaukat Hayat in Karachi on August 30, 2021.

The IBCC Equivalence Committee reviewed the equivalence grading system of International Baccalaureate (IB) and decided that the students who secured a grading of 7 in IB Diploma in 2021 should be given equivalent marks as of the Pakistani Board of Education.

For example, the grade 7 (highest grade in IB) achieved by IB students would be equivalent to the mean value of the highest subject marks achieved in the Pakistani Examination Board (between 90 and 100). While previously, an IB student with a grade 7 could only be assigned 90 marks can now achieve a higher score based on that year’s average board score.

It is important to note that the equivalence for grade 1 to 6 will remain the same. Additionally, IB Middle Year Programme (MYP) students who have appeared for the May 2021 examination will be exempted from Pakistan Studies, Islamiat and Urdu for this year only.

Uzma Shujjat, IB Regional Manager expressed “IB welcomes this very timely decision made by IBCC as it will no doubt help students during this pandemic”. These reforms will help the IB students to get admission in medical and professional colleges, combating the impact of the pandemic.