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No re-mark of GCSE English

11 September 2012

12:52 PM

11 September 2012

12:52 PM

Any hope that Labour might hold that the latest revelations about Ofqual might prompt a re-mark of the GCSE English papers is almost certain to be disappointed. Even though Welsh exam papers are being re-graded, I understand that the same is not going to happen in England. A source close to education secretary Michael Gove says:

‘A small number getting lucky in January isn’t a reason to give everyone else an inflated mark now. GCSE exams and marking systems are discredited. We said this years ago and the education establishment complained. We got rid of modularisation, introduced by Labour, and said we need to replace a broken system – and Labour and the unions complained that we were moving too fast. Practically nobody screaming now about unfairness agreed with us when we said modular GCSEs would be a disaster. Getting to the bottom of complex problems is important but, first, Ofqual are right to fight grade inflation, second, Wales has made itself a laughing stock, and, third, it is pathetic to see Twigg siding with those demanding a burst of grade inflation to make everyone feel happier.’

That’s pretty unequivocal, don’t you think?

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  • Mirtha Tidville

    Michael Gove is very right on this one. For those who dont like it its simple….It marks the end of `Dumbing Down` first introduced by that charlatan Bliar. His aim was simple.. to move youth unemployment from the 16year olds ever onwards and upwards. Hence you have kids qualifying for University that are not very good at the basics of education. Oh yes and ask any employer as well if this is true.

    Someone somewhere, sometime had to stop it and try to move the standards upwards. Its a long haul but Gove should be supported…As for Twigg..words fail me

    • Hugh

      “first introduced by that charlatan Bliar.”

      GCSE and A level grades were rising inexorably well before Blair came along.

  • John Connor

    Can you hear yourself? “A small number getting lucky” ? So exams are now just a lottery? Oh, I get it – just like the old O Levels were.

  • Russell

    My careers advisor and teachers gave me expectations that I would be a millionaire and become Prime Minister.
    Perhaps a public enquiry could be held to determine if those teachers and the advisor should be sacked, as my expectations weren’t met.
    Good grief! If a child only gets a D instead of the C they were expecting due to an independent body deciding the standard was too low and had to be raised to provide only the best students for 6th form etc. then the fact the child only attained a D having the grade falsely raised to a C will not make the child more suitable for 6th form etc.
    Employers have been saying for years that many applicants for jobs cannot read or write or do maths to an acceptable standard.
    Carry on Gove. let the unions organise teachers strikes, sack the bad ones and sack the full time union official ‘Pilgrims’ occupying teachers jobs.

    • telemachus

      It is easy to see why your delusional expectations were not realised.
      Gove needs to learn to take his constituency with him
      Maybe then he will achieve results
      Currently he is simply entrenching hatred

  • SchoolForScandal

    ‘Pathetic’, ‘laughing stock’, ‘disaster’.

    Yup, that sums up Gove, all right.

    • Andy H

      I would take a look in the mirror first

      • SchoolForScandal

        Bluster all you like – your boy has blown it big time.

        • alexsandr

          ‘to see Twigg siding with those demanding a burst of grade inflation to make everyone feel happier’ sounds like ‘Fuck off’ to me. Nice one Govey

        • alexsandr

          ‘to see Twigg siding with those demanding a burst of grade inflation to make everyone feel happier’ sounds like ‘Fuck off’ to me. Nice one Govey

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