LONDON (UK) – The government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced new criticism on Thursday over his handling of school exams after the results of hundreds of thousands of students were drawn.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has been accused of overseeing the fiasco over how marks were awarded to young people who were unable to take their exams due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Exars Pearlon board announced on Wednesday that it would re-write BTEC grades, work-related qualifications, just hours before students receive their results.
The decision came after the government put pressure on angry students, teachers and lawmakers and implemented an algorithm that reduced A-level results by about 40% of students who dropped out of school last year, and those in the most disadvantaged areas.
Students were told on Monday that they would now be given the same level as their teachers had been told based on the previous procedure, and that process was also accepted for younger students who obtained GCSE results on Thursday.
However, Pearson said the change meant he would now have to change his BTEC marks.
“We are concerned about the inaccuracies, including compliance with the methods used by the GCSE and A Levels,” the statement said.
Wiltonon has been accused of ignoring warnings that the planning process will lead to negative results and that both he and Johnson have been enlightened by the media about their handling of the matter.
“Every step of the way there are problems you have to deal with and deal with, and we are addressing them urgently,” School Minister Nick Gibb told BBC television. “We are working, as I said, day and night to address these issues.”
He also apologized to Wellon for the uncertainty and confusion caused.
“Gavin Williamson was repeatedly warned about algorithm problems, and he always did nothing,” said Kate Green, an opposition education spokeswoman. “This endless process of using skills is not the way to run the country.”