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Educational quote of the day

Having 98.4% students passing their exams is impressive, but what does it mean? To pass, students must gain grade E or above. An A*-C is ‘good’. In last year’s Edexcel maths exam 36/100 got a C; 9 an E. Get roughly one out of three answers right and you’re ‘good’ at maths; get less than one in ten right and you’ll still pass. Something’s not quite right.

Sophie Shawdon at The Adam Smith Institute (took her exams last year.)

South Shields MP David Miliband said: “Today is about celebrating the successes of our young people.

“It is important that all students receiving their exam results today know how proud of them we are.

With the national pass rate edging closer to 100% (Only 1.4% of students failed GCSEs this year) it is time that we started to seriously re-evaluate the effectiveness of the current system especially as students are about to be kept at school until they are eighteen.


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Written by curly

August 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

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