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andy-hughes | 16:22 Wed 12th Aug 2020 | Jobs & Education
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If I lean out of my window and listen carefully, I can hear the sound of wheels grinding, as the Scottish Education Department reverses its grading process as fast as it possibly can.

The question is, given that the average adult with basic intelligence could see this disaster a mile off, the use of computers is never a good idea in these set-ups, and given that teachers have spent months flogging themselves to give predicted grades to their students whom they are best qualified to assess, having taught them, why did anyone think a computer was needed to calculate grades anyway?

What have the exam board staffs being doing since March? I cannot believe there are not sufficient qualified exam markers to make a better assessment than a machine working on faulty and inappropriate data.

Time for the Education Secretary to go - he is the worst ever, and lord knows, he has had some stiff competition!!!

Anyone remember Ruth Kelly?

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It's hard to see it at the time but for most A level students it doesn't make much difference whether they get B or A, unless the university course requires nothing less (many will be flexible in practice as they students mean income). How they do in their degree will depend on their knowledge and ability, suitability and effort, not their grade. After University no employer cared what my GCEs (GCSEs ) and A level grades were.

Of course when it comes to GCSE results there will be lots of concerns about those at the 'pass' margin for Maths and English- the old grade C- but the waters have been muddied there as the new grade 4s and 5s overlap the old C.
Similar happening today in N.I
I have been a GCE and GCSE Examiner for 20 years but this year there was nothing for me to mark obviously. However, from numerous communications sent to me by the exam board, I'm convinced that what they have done is the best in the circumstances and frankly not very different from what they always do. Examiners mark the papers and then the statisticians play around with the marks to arrive at the grades so that the percentage of candidates getting each grade is roughly in line year-on-year.

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