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GCSE and A Level exams cancelled

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GCSE and A Level exams cancelled

Posted by Arran Cameron on Mar 20, 2020 12:26 pm

The government has decided to cancel the GCSE and A Level exams in May & June 2020 as a result of the coronavirus, but they have not yet revealed (or even thought of?) an alternative method of determining the grades that the students will receive.

IMO it was a very rash decision by the government with potentially severe consequences as instead they should have waited until the start of the summer school term then assessed the coronavirus situation before reaching a conclusion whether to cancel or defer the exams. Students taking GCSEs and A Levels this year now have no idea what is happening regarding their grades.    

What does the IET and the engineering community think of this move by the government?

Re: GCSE and A Level exams cancelled

Posted by Legh Richardson on Mar 20, 2020 4:51 pm

I tend to agree, if this had happened when I was at school my grades and subject passes might well have been different. I don't see a problem with adopting different/new methods of assessment.
So it wouldn't surprise me if Universities and prospective employers will continue to use methods of selection through in house testing and vivas which will establish the level of attainment for each candidate.
Legh
www.leghrichardson.co.uk

Re: GCSE and A Level exams cancelled

Posted by AncientMariner on Mar 29, 2020 8:18 pm

Here in Wales, the following has been announced:- http://www.deeside.com/exam-arrangements-for-years-10-and-12-announced-by-welsh-education-minister/ Deeside.com being our very local online news outlet.
Clive
Clive S Carver GCGI IEng MIET MITP

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