As Gavin Williamson faces a burden to stop the strongly criticized A-level grading system, ministers are being forced to contemplate rescheduling the publication of GCSE results this week.
As millions of teenagers obtain their GCSE grades, the humiliation over A-levels could intensify further on Thursday. There are worries a comparable algorithm that resulted in students being downgraded last week could be much more serious for year 11 pupils.
Row Over A-Levels Could Rise Further on Thursday As Millions of Teenagers Be Given Their GCSE Scores
A former education clerk who supervised the launch of the qualification in the 1980s, Lord Kenneth Baker, originally provoked the possibility of postponing results as he condemned the unjust and hardly justifiable downgrades last week which assisted smaller private schools.
He said in a statement, ‘I ask the education secretary to order Ofqual not to distribute the GCSE results this Thursday as their algorithm is flawed’. Both Conservative MP Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Select Committee, and a primary teachers’ association also indicated such a move should be studied.
Labor wanted Boris Johnson, as stress worsened on the administration, to take special accountability for the disaster. By addressing the country in the next 24 hours to clarify accurately how he will end this historic unfairness.
The National Education Union’s Mary Bousted informed The Independent the only thing left for the ministers to do was to dump the algorithm and restore downgraded results with teacher-reviewed grades.
She added, ‘It is a very extreme idea, but it is interesting. Indeed, the algorithm seems to be so faulty and the procedure so flawed, that is definitely worth deliberation.’
The Demoted Scores to Be Reinstated with Teacher Reviewed Grades
Though, Ms. Bousted cautioned, ‘That would generate massive difficulties and I cannot see any administration choosing to postpone students going back to school in September and that varies on what the government can do in the interim.’
She also said, ‘My opinion now is even though it is an inadequate resolution we should utilize teacher measured scores. I think that is the only idea left.’
Mr. Halfon said, ‘This is massive chaos. Goodness understands what is going on at Ofqual. It spreads misunderstanding between pupils, headteachers, school-teachers, and it is the last thing we require at this moment.’
Mr. Halfon asserted when asked whether the government should do a U-turn on the matter, as the Scottish government did last week, ‘I would much choose an application approach, we do require checks and balances, we need a national guideline.’
He added, ‘If ministers cannot get the applications system accurate, we may possibly have to go down the Scottish choice in terms of acknowledging teachers’ anticipated grades.’
Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat education representative, asked for the resignation of Mr. Williamson while Adrian Hilton, a former consultant to Michael Gove, ‘I think Thursday establishes Gavin William’s coming if I am being sincere about it.’
She also said, ‘If a student is concluded to have failed Math or English by weakness of a computer system that is distressing and that cannot be permitted to occur.’