Faulty grades may affect the pupils' chances of getting into the university they want. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix.
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Vague guidelines risk causing wrong school grades

230,000 pupils risk getting the wrong grades at the end of this school term, reports Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. This is because the National Agency for Education still has not finalised its guidelines to help teachers set the right grades according to a new grading system introduced last autumn.

An extensive website with clear examples to help teachers make the judgement will not be launched until after the summer. "It has taken longer than we would have wanted. We are working on the examples, but they need to be tested out first, in order to be reliable. But of course it would have been better if it had been in place by now," Karin Hector Stahre, section manager at the National Board of Education tells Svenska Dagbladet.

With the end of term drawing closer, stress and frustration among teachers and pupils is growing, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

When the paper let three science teachers mark a test, they gave the pupil two different grades, which were both lower than the grade that was actually given.

The new grading system was introduced to put an end to grade inflation and to ensure that a grade in one part of the country is worth as much as one in another part of the country.

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