Letter: Return to education for the few, not the many

October 06 2012

Michael Gove is intent on pushing through an exam which will condemn the majority of students to failure. The GCSE, introduced over 20 years ago, by a Conservative Government, enabled all students to sit an exam under one title. Its aim was to examine what students “know, understand and can do” and gave credit to students’ achievements rather than defining most as failures.

Letter: Return to education for the few, not the many

Michael Gove is intent on pushing through an exam which will condemn the majority of students to failure.  The GCSE, introduced over 20 years ago, by a Conservative Government, enabled all students to sit an exam under one title.  Its aim was to examine what students “know, understand and can do” and gave credit to students’ achievements rather than defining most as failures. 

Over time the GCSE exams have been adapted to extend the most able with the A* grade awarded for exceptional performance.  The introduction of Higher and Foundation tier papers enabled most students to participate in an exam process and achieve qualifications.

Michael Gove is now intent on dismantling an exam system without evidence of a fall in standards and with no consideration of the impact it will have on the education of our children, including those who will be taking the GCSE during the transition period at a time when the Government has declared it is not up to standard.  His “reforms” are for ideological and not educational reasons.  He wants to return to the elitist view that education is for the few and not the many. 

Cllr Liz  Hardman,
B&NES Labour Education Spokesperson