‘Don’t talk down!’ Naga Munchetty was stopped in a heated A-Level results dispute.
On her BBC Radio 5 Live show on Tuesday morning, Naga Munchetty was silenced in a heated A-Level results debate after she got into a heated exchange with Universities Minister Michelle Donelan.
On her BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast, Naga Munchetty, 46, discussed one of the most topical items of the day: A-Level results. After tumultuous modifications to the academic program in light of the coronavirus outbreak, teenagers across the country learned on Tuesday morning whether they would be attending the university of their choice. The BBC Breakfast presenter was joined by Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, 37, to discuss this further, and things grew heated when the broadcaster questioned her guest about whether the findings provided to the children were fair.
Because regular evaluations and tests were unable to take place as scheduled this year, teachers were left to select what grades to offer their students.
Ofqual has provided teaching bodies with the necessary framework for grading the work, implying that educators must adhere to established guidelines.
Munchetty, on the other hand, expressed concern over whether the amount of A* and A grades this year was larger than in prior years.
“For a university evaluating a student for a highly-coveted place this year, who is the stronger candidate?” Munchetty asked her guest.
“Would you rather have a student with three A* A-levels this year or one who was deferred for a year and had three A* last year?”
“Well, I think that’s an intellectual question,” Donelan explained to the presenter, offering her ministerial perspective. A student who would have applied with last year’s results has already been accepted.”
As the Universities Minister attempted to continue, the presenter attempted to intervene as the discussion became tense.
“Well, let’s not speak down the results of this year,” the government official urged her interviewer, effectively silencing Munchetty.
“I’m certainly not doing that,” she responded, “I’m wondering how fair the system is, and how well situated these students who have 45 percent higher scores in A* and A’s, how fair this system will be for them and for people who earned those grades previously.”
That’s not something I’m going to do.
Naga Munchetty is a character in the film Naga Munchetty
“At the end of the day,” Donelan added, “Brinkwire Summary News.”