Michael Gove the education minister has proposed the return of a tough regime of examinations for schoolkids harking back to the days of the ‘O Level’ with of course the predictable screams of those whose interests lie in the all must be winners mindset in education and politics.
Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to scrap GCSEs for England and return to O-level style exams.
Sources have told the BBC that Mr Gove believes GCSEs “have gone beyond the point of rescue”.
The changes, planned to be brought in for pupils from autumn 2014, would amount to the biggest change to the exams system for a generation.
Less academic pupils would sit a different “more straightforward” exam, like the old CSE.
Labour says Mr Gove must explain his changes to teachers and pupils.
Quite why Labour think that Mr Gove has to explain what he’s doing to pupils is somewhat beyond me, I’d have though that would have been the job of teachers.
That said the ‘twitterati’ went nuts, it being the haven of the short comment and hard of thinking of the mindless left*.
David Morgan@thisisdavid: ‘O Levels were never ‘Gold Standard’. GCSEs didn’t get easier. Teaching got better and children got smarter. Gove yet again being foolish.’
Someone clearly who hasn’t been taking their ‘meds’ the common complaint from employers and universities is that the current crop of kids coming through simply don’t know the basics of literacy and mathematics.
James Ball@jamesrbuk: ‘A privatized healthcare system and O-Levels. Tories just need to bring back hanging now, and we’re in a 1950s utopia.’
Practically the mating call of the greater deluded leftie, all style and no substance. Last time I went into a hospital the only thing I had to pay for was the parking, and as that was yesterday, I cannot see much change (nor did I from the parking come to that)
The facts remain that politicians with their constant meddling and putting political dogma before reality along with idiotic teachers going along with core socialist values wrecked the education system of the UK. That’s why so many kids come out of a system which is in places unfit for purpose. They come out into a cruel and unforgiving world in which prospective employers don’t give a damn about gender awareness, racial equality studies or comparative religious education, but want accurate spelling and maths, the bastards.
Do I think this will work? Well I have my doubts, the system itself is geared against Gove and O Levels themselves require a different approach by teachers and kids, a lot more memory is involved rather than the complete and forget system of constant assessment currently being used by GCSE’s.
I don’t know what the answer will be, I just know the system from top to bottom has failed the kids of the UK.