The Tes reports that pupils who correctly positioned a semicolon were denied a mark for their answer.
Some children who accurately positioned a semicolon in a sentence have had their answer marked wrong, while others have been told their answer is correct.
Teachers remain baffled about the inconsistencies in the marking.Attempting to work out why some pupils were marked down, teachers suggested that perhaps there was too much space between the two constituent parts of the semicolon.
However, others pointed out that pupils were hard-pressed to fit any punctuation at all into the space allocated.
James Bowen, director of middle leaders’ union NAHT Edge says:”This smacks of an approach to marking these tests which appears to be about catching children out on technicalities rather than recognising what they can do.”
Students can not win! This really isn’t acceptable after all the pressure put in these students. What do you think? – Mercedes
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