On my first day at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), I met three fine gentlemen while I anxiously seated with my father on the lovers benches in front of Unity hall. Spotting how stiff we looked, these young men engaged us in a conversation. They asked my father whether I was a fresher to which he smiled and nodded in affirmation. One gentleman faced me and called out my name and with a more serious face than I had anticipated. He told me about how grading worked in KNUST specifically saying that what I began with will roll through to the end.
I was more baffled when his other friends also joined in to say in confirmation that the Cumulated Weighted Average (CWA)/GPA you acquire in first year is almost same grade you graduate with. I sat with so many thoughts racing through my mind as I had not entirely comprehended what they had just said. The question that came to mind is one which I believe is a belief of most students was, is the Cumulated Weighted Average (CWA)/GPA you acquire in first year the almost same thing you graduate with?
Now, let’s unravel the truth behind our focus. For most institutions, this is how a student’s CWA/GPA is calculated;
Starting from the first year, every student has a CWA/GPA of 100.00. However, by the end of the first semester, a student’s average is calculated based on the student’s score in their quizzes, assignments, projects, mid-semester examination, and final examination. The percentage marks scored by a student is multiplied by the course’s credit hour in order to obtain the student’s weighted marks. All the acquired weighted marks are added up to obtain the cumulated weighted marks for the semester, the corresponding course credits up to the end of the semester is added up to obtain the cumulated credits. Finally, the cumulated weighted average is divided by the cumulated credits to obtain the CWA/GPA for the semester in question.
For each course in most cases or institutions, reports, assignments, workshops, etc. takes up 30% of the total marks (100%) while mid-semester and final examination takes up 70% of the total marks. The student’s CWA is strictly calculated following the institution’s grading scheme which takes into record the student’s score in quizzes, assignments, projects, presentations, reports, and workshop, mid-semester and final examination.
The idea of graduating with almost the same CWA/GPA as acquired in one’s first year in the university only seems so when the student does not perform distinctively well in subsequent tests or examinations. But in cases where a student performs well in all courses in a semester, the student will spot the reflection in his or her results.
The student’s CWA is strictly calculated following the institution’s grading scheme which takes into record the student’s score in quizzes, assignments, projects, presentations, reports, and workshop, mid-semester and final examination. Grading is done in chary and transparency as it determines the student’s future. It is a priority for every tertiary institution.
If the earlier explained steps are clearly studied and understood, the student should be able to conclude without arguments or doubts that the statement in discussion is a fallacy.
By: hypercitigh.com | Emmanuella Harrison