GCSEs and “A” levels are increasingly discredited and, with this government, is it any wonder? The possibility of anyone failing such exams has long gone.
The truly awful thing about our education system is that, dumbed down and appallingly easy as GCSEs and A Levels have become, people still fail them. In fact, lots of people fail them.
There is a shocking story in the Telegraph today.A quarter of teenagers are leaving school with practically nothing to show for 11 years of compulsory education, a report discloses today.
Last year, about 147,000 pupils failed to get any GCSEs higher than a grade D. This included 28,000 - almost one in 20 - who failed to gain a qualification of any kind.
What the fuck? 147,000 children were unable to get a C or above in even one GCSE. Not even one. Some of my readers will have taken O Levels and will be unable to appreciate just how incredibly easy GCSEs were, even when I took mine in 1992 and 1993.
And that is the true horror of our education system. Plus, of course, education is the ticket to so much else: you fuck up someone's education and you fuck up their entire life.
Those fuckers in the House should be neither allowed nor capable of playing politics with education. Fuck them all.