‘Wasted another year’: A-level and GCSE students react to cancelled examinations

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The government announced this week that they would be cancelled, following months of maintaining that A-level and GCSE exams would take place in England. The Guardian spoke to four students about their reaction, saying, “There’s no way the exams are going to happen, it wouldn’t be fair. “In Sheffield, 16-year-old James Childs said that it would have been unreasonable to compel students to take them as normal while he decided to take his GCSEs.

He has had to isolate himself three times since returning to school in September, losing six weeks of personal learning, while other students have not had to isolate themselves at all. I don’t think being at home is the same as being at school, since you lack class discussions and exchanging ideas, only getting PowerPoint and a worksheet is not the same,” he said. “Really, because it wouldn’t be a level playing field, there’s no way to do examinations.

I know some children who haven’t been isolated once, and others who have had to be isolated in our yearly group with any [coronavirus]occurrence.

It would just not be fair. “Childs was frustrated with the government’s communication regarding testing. “After September, the government insisted that the tests would not be postponed, and then they said that the examinations could not take place with the announcement on Monday, but that there would be alternative arrangements,” he said. “But you wonder, what is this alternative arrangement? I’m worried that there will not be equal grades for the most vulnerable students. “Grace Leaman, who is taking A-levels in history, English literature and philosophy at Dover, said she would have preferred to take the exams because they were the fairest and most accurate way to evaluate students. “People appear not to do as well during the year.” Leaman, 18, said. ” Leaman suggests the government has not really grasped the effect on students of its handling of the exams. The problems with the algorithm [that under-scored many students]showed last year that the government did not trust the views of the teachers who taught the students all year,” she said. “I know that somehow the government has to deal with it, but I don’t think they realized how heartbroken people were and how willing they were to get the grades they deserved. “I worry that the most disadvantaged students won’t get fair grades,” she said, “because their teachers will underestimate their abilities through the grades determined by the center, or through some other classist algorithm that forgets a child’s humanity and reduces them to a letter that doesn’t represent their true abilities. ” Last year, I studied for my A-levels, but I did not get the grades I wanted for nursing, so I figured this year I would repeat my A-levels in biology,” he said. “In a couple of weeks, I had a mock test, but it was cancelled, so now they have nothing to use for my center-assessed grades. “I never prepared really well for it [the exam],” he said. “I don’t know what to do now. Omer said that it feels like “another year was wasted.”

I have my last year grades, but I decided to improve them and take a class that I really wanted to take.

It’s frustrating and stressful, actually. “It’s been very stressful. “The cancellation of the exams was called “too little, too late.” by Max Hamilton, a 17-year-old student taking his A-levels in English literature, history and sociology in Cambridgeshire. “The lack of clarity given to students who have exams in the summer is frankly astounding,” he said. Students have lacked effective contact with the government during all the lockdowns and have been regarded almost as an afterthought. “During all the lockdowns, students have lacked effective communication with the government and have been treated almost as an afterthought. ”

It’s been really frustrating. And at Christmas,

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