Mr. Gove today told the education select committee that the move was a ‘regrettable political intervention’ and a ‘terrible mistake’. He has further added that seeking to change the grades awarded to pupils this summer would create a ‘different sort of injustice’. He urged Mr. Andrews to ‘think again’ and review his decision of regarding the GCSE.
Hundreds of pupils in Wales – which holds delegated education powers – are expected to receive higher GCSE English grades after Mr. Andrews demanded their papers be regarded.
This decision has sparked furious protests from head-teachers and parents and claims that the prospects of the young students have been unfairly damaged. Principal of The De La Salle Academy in Croxteth Liverpool, Patrick Ferguson has stated: “The awarding of lower grades has been unjust to our pupils and the decision to regrade Welsh pupils and refuse to do the same for candidates in England is a further injustice. This could have a life-changing impact upon our students and we are not prepared to stand by and watch it happen.”
He told MPs that the downgrading row was the result of a legitimate attempt by the exam regulator to ensure that standards in this summer’s exam were in line with those of previous years and that any re-grading would devalue and discredit the qualification.
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