Students protest against the university admission results issued by the government on 16 August 2010 in Liverpool, UK. Photo / Anudi Nethma
Traditionally, school children in England celebrate exam results every year, but this year they are seen as uneasily protesting against the government. Disgruntled English school students are protesting in isolated cities across the city, and today a group of students in downtown Liverpool joined the protest.
Due to the Kovid epidemic, there were no A / L exams this year and it was problematic to determine the marks required for students to enter universities. Due to this, the government brought the school education reports of the students to the examination committee.
After evaluating them, the government released the results required for students to enter universities, which are now reported to be lower than the declared results. One student told Schools Minister Nick Gibb, “You ruined my life,” because she was rejected by the university of her choice.
A Liverpool student, who did not want to be named, said she studied mathematics, Further mathematics and biology, and that she published results were two outstanding grades and awards (A, A & A), with the government awarding her the lowest B, B & C results. And it is enough to get into the university she hopes to, but she hopes to apply to reconsider it. Her principal, who called her over the weekend, said she did not accept the government’s results and was applying for reconsideration.
But the cost of applying for reconsideration is පවු 150, and there are fears that this will discourage school principals. Nearly 40% of the A / L rankings awarded on Thursday were lower than the grades announced by teachers, sparking outrage among schools, colleges and students.
Niba, a student, told the BBC that ABB had predicted the results of biology, chemistry and psychology, but that her teachers were shocked by the results. At Stamford, a student confronted Nick Gibb on Friday for any questions on BBC Radio 4.
“It simply came to our notice then. I have never been a D grade student, ”she told him. “I feel like my life is completely ruined. I cannot enter a university on such grades.
“You ruined my life,” Gibb said in response to Nina, saying it was “rare” for students to drop three grades and that it should not “happen.” He acknowledged that “there are flaws in the system” and said the challenge would be addressed “quickly” by September 7. Ministers hope to set up a task force led by Mr Gibb to oversee the appeal process.
Speaking to the BBC on Saturday, Nina said she felt “encouraged” by the minister’s words but contradicted previous assurances by the government that his ranking system was “strong”. She has begun the appeal process but it is not yet clear whether the revised grades are based on fake exams or teacher predictions – the Royal Veterinary College will only keep its place open until August 31st.
“They (the government) have to trust the teachers,” she said. “Teachers are professionals. They see students every day, talk to them, they know personally, they are the best people to predict grades. ” The Department of Education has introduced a “triple lock system” which means that students can “appeal against a valid false result if they are unhappy with their calculated grades” or sit for an autumn exam. However, one headteacher told the BBC breakfast program that it was a “token hint” and that the money would be refunded if the appeals were successful.
Worcester College, Oxford, meanwhile, said it was honouring all UK scholarships, regardless of A / L results. Admission consultant Professor Laura Ashe said it was morally correct. “We thought there would be no new information that could justify the rejection of a candidate,” she said, as there were no exams for students. The algorithm used to set the grades “literally copied the existing inequalities in our education system”, dropping a quarter of college public school applicants but dropping only 10% of private school candidates.
Official prepared the results so that the distribution of the grades was accurate at the national level, but she said, “We cannot say that they gave the correct grades to the right people.”