Have exams been dumbed down?
Nanny would have you believe not, in her view the increase in pass rates is due to her excellent educashunal policies and the genius of those who take the exams.
Errrmmm maybe not...
It seems that there is to be a new top A-level grade, the A*, which will mark out the highest flyers, and will require marks of at least 90%.
Simple, there is an increasing number of A grades being awarded each year.
The A* is intended to highlight the best candidates, without altering the standards required for the existing five A-level grades.
The government agrees with the QCA exams watchdog the grade boundary should be 90%.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) had recommended that this new top-level grade should be reserved for students who had an aggregate score of at least 90% across the units of their A-level.
It seems that grade inflation is the reason for this new grade, around 25% of those who take the exams now achieve an A grade; this has made the selection process more difficult for university admissions officers.
John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, opposes the higher grade.
"I regret the introduction of A*
since it has the potential to
make a grade A second best."
1 We are not all the same intellectually
2 There are only a limited number of top jobs (eg nuclear physicist, brain surgeon) available
3 Only the best should be selected for these jobs
4 We cannot all be nuclear physicists
Like it or not, some people are less bright than others.