What a fiasco – and all to create an artificial impression that privately-educated school pupils are better than those in the state system.
We all knew that school pupils taken their GCSE and ‘A’ level exams have been seriously disrupted this year, with schools being closed from late March.
This meant it was impossible for their exams to go ahead in the normal way, with knock-on effects for the future of candidates as they apply to move into a career or further education.
There are ways to make fairly accurate predictions of each pupils’ likely achievements, based on their mock examination results and their term work.
But Education Secretary Gavin Williamson couldn’t be bothered with all of that, so this year’s results are estimates – figures plucked from some apparatchik’s rear end.
The results he has produced show a clear bias in favour of privately-educated pupils that is unlikely to stand up to scrutiny; it seems Williamson has simply promoted the children of rich Tory voters above everybody else.
Picture the scene if you can: Williamson in his office, looking at students’ details.
WILLIAMSON: “Julian Huntley Farquar – studying at Harrowton*. Predicted grades are C, C and… C. We’ll give you an A, A* and, oh, I think another A. Well done, Julian for going to the right school!
“Now, who’s this? Billy Tozer. Factorytown Comprehensive. Predicted A, A and A*! That’ll never do. You can have a D, U and D, Billy – and that’ll teach you not to be born to poor, working-class parents next time!”
(Who’s the real DUD in this vignette, by the way?)
People are right to be outraged. These seems to be another clear example of the Tories using the Covid-19 crisis to hammer anybody who doesn’t have a million quid in the bank.
Look at these examples of deliberate downgrading:
Same here. Feeling completely powerless pic.twitter.com/LsMLwsg8pY
— Julia wright (@Juliawr64346191) August 13, 2020
And how has the Education Secretary responded?
Not only has he said (through Ofqual) that appealing against these false, imposed grades would harm other pupils in the appellant’s school…
— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) August 13, 2020
But changing the grades would promote pupils “beyond their abilities”:
Gavin Williamson: Schools need to reopen as poor kids are going to miss out on vital education.
Gavin Williamson also: Increasing the A Level grades will mean a whole generation could end up promoted beyond their abilities
Downgrading grades for poor, upgrading for rich kids pic.twitter.com/INeo477n1z
— Shamil Esq, UBI now to save people! (@Shamils18) August 13, 2020
I think I speak for the entire United Kingdom when I say that this fiasco has certainly shown how one person has been promoted beyond his abilities – that person being Gavin Williamson.
Gavin Williamson is the personification of the Peter Principle. But, worse, he was sacked last year for a serious security breach. Yet there he is, in the band of charlatans we call "government", in a position where he can inflict untold damage on a generation.#ResignWilliamson
— CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 😷 ✋ (@0Calamity) August 13, 2020
Williamson should resign – or be sacked again. By downgrading pupils who didn’t go to posh, expensive schools he is harming the future of the whole of the United Kingdom.
Given the right opportunities, those students could go on to become captains of business, industry, science and the arts, leading the nation forward into a brighter future.
But now those opportunities will go to dim Julian who hasn’t got a clue – just because he went to the right school.
It is a crime against the nation.
Oh… the official leader of the Opposition, Keir Starmer, has said something about this, but it isn’t even worth repeating.
I will repeat some of the responses to him, though:
From Rachael Swindon: “Why aren’t you calling for Gavin Williamson to go immediately? STOP HELPING THE TORIES FFS.”
And from Raphael Dogg: “Criticise. The. Fucking. Government.”
If either of those tweeters is a Labour Party member, I have no doubt that Mr Starmer will be having them expelled as soon as possible.
*Feeble attempt to concoct a fictional public school name.
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