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Pupil at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School from Whissendine brands Gavin Williamson's proposal of mini exams as inhumane




A pupil has called on the education secretary to ensure the grading of A-Level examinations is done fairly.

In a letter to the exams regulator, Ofqual, Gavin Williamson, revealed that he ‘would like to explore the possibility of providing externally set tasks or papers, in order that teachers can draw on this resource to support their assessments’.

After reading the proposal Georgia Hiseman, from Whissendine, penned a letter to the education secretary to share her concerns about the A-Level plans.

Georgia Hiseman, from Whissendine
Georgia Hiseman, from Whissendine

The 17-year-old said: “Since they announced exams would be cancelled it’s been very difficult for everyone to understand what it means going forward.

“Teacher assessments seem far better. With many exams there’s been no clarification so it’s difficult to know how to modify.

“It could be A-Levels but in a different name. It’s possible they could just eliminate a question.”

She added: “For a lot of people it’s difficult to have that motivation if you wake up and are revising for something that your told isn’t happening.

“You have to adapt to something completely new.”

In the letter, Georgia, a pupil at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, urged Mr Williamson to consider other options and factor in the effect the lockdowns had on learning.

“Not doing this would affect university figures as universities are not lowering their requirements for this year with some even increasing their requirements, for example the University of Leeds,” she said.

“This seems unjust and unfair on pupils all over the country who are simply trying their best but are mentally fatigued under the stress that even one bad grade in any term can ruin their chances at university, which seems inhumane.”

Georgia believes the final results should be based on teacher grades factoring in the quality of work completed in the time between lockdowns.

As well as concerns surrounding education, Georgia believes her age group is missing out on other milestones, such as driving tests and the last year of school traditions.

“It’s difficult in this time as you aren’t around the people you’ve known for six or seven years,” she said.

“Those people feel like family and obviously in your last year you want to see them as much as possible before you go separate ways.

“As well, it’s the time before you become an adult.

Georgia, who takes English Literature, English Language and Religious Studies, appeared on BBC Radio 4 on Friday last week (January 15) to voice her opinions.



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