Leading Britain’s Conversation DJ, James O’Brien believes that a teenager who just completed a GCSE exam gave the “best analysis” of the education system he’s heard in a decade.
Nick, who is currently sitting his GCSE’s, said gave a brilliant analysis of the education system and how GCSE’s compare with the predecessor O Levels.
“I can completely sympathise with the extreme stress students suffer,” he said. “And this is intrinsic to Michael Gove’s 2014 reform which has made the GCSE’s at the moment crippling hard.”
“The 2017 pass mark for a maths GCSE exam was 17%.”
“Shut up!” DJ James replied.
Nick continued: “All he’s done is wasted tax payer’s money in order to reform GCSEs, and once he’s done that deflated the grade boundaries.”
“That’s the best analysis I’ve heard in 10 years,” he said.
But Nick had more to say. He said: “When you sat your O Levels, you would have about 8 or 9 O Levels. Now students are sitting 10 or 11 GCSEs at the same difficulty.”
The teenager revealed that he will have taken 23 exams, but stunned James by saying that his friend will have sat an additional seven.
“I’ve had exams every day since the 15th May, albeit a gap of a week during half term,” Nick said.
“I think this a testament to Michael Gove’s judgement, and if he does what he’s done to the education system to the environment, god help us all.”
At the end of the call, James described the call as “quite a moment”. He said: “It’s lads like that who give me hope.”
Listen to the full interview as a GCSE student give his view on today’s exam system Listen: DJ James O’Brien says this is one of the finest calls he has ever had
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