Ex-Education Secretary calls for next year’s A levels and GCSEs to be scrapped
A FORMER Tory Education Secretary has called for next year’s A Levels and GCSEs to be scrapped.
Kenneth Baker said the six month school shutdown has left it impossible for disadvantaged kids to catch up.
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Lord Kenneth Baker said the six month school shutdown has left it impossible for disadvantaged kids to catch up[/caption]
He has written to Gavin Williamson warning him not to risk another A Levels results fiasco by pushing ahead with unfair exams.
The Tory peer – one of Margaret Thatcher’s old Education Secretaries – pleaded with the government to U-turn.
In a stark letter, Lord Baker warned it “will not be fair to disadvantaged students to have written exams next summer”.
He wrote: “I have believed for some time that it would be very difficult for disadvantaged students to catch- up over the next 26 weeks.
“But I think the further disruptions that Covid-19 is now causing to schools will make it impossible.”
He added: “The examination results in 2021 could be very unfair to disadvantaged students.
“Students are facing a long period of fractured and disrupted education, and so it will be grossly unfair to expect them to sit standard written exams which measure the knowledge acquired in a standard student attendance.”
Mr Williamson was forced to tear up A Level exam results this year after a computer algorithm down-marked a whopping 40 per cent of grades.
The fiasco united teachers, parents and students in fury and sparked calls from disgruntled Tories for Mr Williamson to be sacked.
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Mr Williamson has heavily hinted that he will delay next year’s exams to give kids a little longer to catch up on lessons.
But he has refused to scrap them.
The PM’s spokesman said: “We do expect exams to take place next year and are working with exam boards and Ofqual on our approach, recognising that students experienced considerable disrupting to education last year.”
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