Analyses | Education and human resources | 2013-08-30 | Sing Tao

How good is Grade-A?



The ratio of first-class honours degree graduates has increased continuously compared to 1990s. A higher proportion of outstanding students is seemingly a good thing, but grade inflation has raised concerns. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines grading systems in higher education institutions globally, and looks into the causes of the proliferation of outstanding students and the domino effect caused by grade inflation. The analysis points out that academic performance, which used to be a benchmark for talent recognition, has depreciated in value as a reference. That could result in increasing recruitment costs.

The full version of the commentary is in Chinese only.