Egypt annuls amendment to grading calculation for American school diploma

Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Dec 2018

Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
Egypt's Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar (Photo: Ahram)


Egypt said it is annulling a 2015 decision that amended the calculation form of the American Diploma for Egyptian students following complaints by a number of parents.

In an interview with TV Presenter Amr Adib, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar announced the cancellation of the decision following consultations with the Supreme Council for Universities.

The 2015 decision amends the calculation form for students’ final grading, which allows them to apply at both public and private universities.

Parents argued that the 2015 decision deprived their children from joining top universities due to amendments to grading percentages that were deemed unfair due to the American Diploma examinations being an aptitude test that measures skill, making it impossible to achieve a grade of 100 percent.

The decision had also excluded the students from a bonus that was added to their grades to improve their chances to enter their preferred college, which could require grades higher than any foreign system. 

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