The Guardian reports the responses from parents and teachers to the their report detailing the mental stress suffered by pupils taking the new GCSEs
“My daughter is part of this year’s GCSE cohort, the first guinea pig year of the government’s new “hostile environment” for secondary students. Having revised her socks off, she is now thoroughly demoralised. Questions in every subject paper taken so far seemed designed not to allow her to shine, but to frustrate; to highlight what students couldn’t know rather than what they have covered in depth.”
“My granddaughter worked so hard throughout this long exam period, shutting herself away and suffering from migraines and stress-related withdrawal. To think that this experience was multiplied in families across the country is heartbreaking. My son and daughter-in-law became anxious to the point that their own lives became difficult. Should we be subjecting our 16-year-olds to this torture? “
“Politicians on both sides seem hellbent on creating systems that produce citizens in their own image. The still largely Oxbridge-educated and male-dominated House of Commons doesn’t value diversity in people. The ability to pass an exam may have been useful for them, but in the real world the ability to get on with people and be creative trumps a list of high grades. Modernising our education system is essential: the latest changes to the GCSE system has done the exact opposite.”
Stoke on Trent
Read more comments from parents and teachers GCSEs: I’ll never forgive you, Michael Gove
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