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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What Nanny Gives With One Hand, She Takes With The Other

I see that Nanny's much derided policy of "everyone's a winner" is still be applied in our educashunal establishments with gusto.

The Telegraph reports that last year almost 90% of teenagers sat exams in subjects as "challenging" and as "useful" as call centre skills, cake decorating, health and safety and hazard control instead of the more "conventional" GCSEs.
Chris Skidmore, the Conservative MP for Kingswood, said:
These figures lay bare how Labour lied to a generation, falsely giving them the impression that qualifications that employers will all too often regard as irrelevant were ‘equivalent’ to GCSEs in rigorous subjects like maths and science. 

Hundreds of thousands of young people are now paying the price for their deception. 

In tough economic times, we must make every effort to ensure that our children are learning the subjects that employers and universities value most so they can compete for jobs once they leave education.”
Whilst it is all very well and, to some extent, true to lay the blame for this at the door of the previous Labour administration, the Coalition has been in orifice for a number of years now. Why only now is this issue causing the government some angst?

Anyhoo, rather late in the day Nanny has now outlined plans to axe more than 3,000 equivalent courses from her league tables by 2014.

In the event that Nanny actually carries out her plans, this will be rather demoralising for the 552,575 pupils (88% of the total) who were entered last summer for at least one of the equivalent qualifications set to be axed by Nanny.

What Nanny gives with one hand, she takes with the other!
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1 comment:

  1. I take your point on de-morialising a generation if the equivelents are dumped. But surely this is better than another generation thinking cake decoration is a essential for employment.