I am a second-year student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. There's been a lot of discussions among students and faculty in my institute regarding the grading system to be employed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As only the midterms could be taken, and as the number of cases has been rising daily, there aren't any plans to open the institute anytime soon to take the end semester exams.
What is the most appropriate thing to do in this situation? Is it fair to use the midterms to decide the final grade?
My institute follows the conventional A/B/C/D/F grades for grading, there are some suggestions by the institute and I am listing them below:
- The institute wants to award grades on the basis of midterms but if you aren't satisfied with your performance, you can give an end sem exam for any particular course whenever the institute resumes (which no one has any idea), but the grade boundaries do not change.
- The students have to inform two weeks after the grades are assigned that they want to take the end sem exam or not.