Below The Grade

I do feel extremely sorry for those schoolkids whose grades have been downgraded by the Government’s algorithm. However, the fact that if the grading by teachers had been accepted it would have meant a twelve per cent rise in standards this year compared to last year does indicate that you cannot trust human beings to be totally objective about such things. I do not understand why the young people were told how they had been graded by their teachers in the first place when it was only a provisional assessment. That was just asking for trouble.

Mind you, I am so glad I did not have to rely on my teachers’ grading my A levels as I would have failed all of them. They hated me and with good reason. I was even more obnoxious back then than I am now.

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