London, 31st August: Reportedly, A-Level and GSCE exams are being delayed by two months for the year 2021.
According to reports, Labour has called for next year’s A-level and GCSE exams in England to be pushed back in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis on pupils.
Shadow education secretary Kate Green said pupils entering Year 11 and 13 who have lost up to six months of teaching time face ‘a mountain to climb’ unless the timetable is changed.
Ms. Green said exams due next May need to be delayed until June or July to facilitate extra teaching time.
Next year's A-level and GCSE exams in England should be pushed back to help pupils catch up.
We need to put young people first. pic.twitter.com/CYVuZjYqhn
— Kate Green (@KateGreenSU) August 31, 2020
The shadow education secretary said: ‘Pupils across the country who have missed out on vital teaching time will have a mountain to climb to prepare for May exams unless the Government steps in.’
‘Ministers had warning after warning about problems with this year’s exam results but allowed it to descend into a fiasco,’ she added.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: ‘We recognize that students due to take exams next summer will have experienced disruption to their education, which is why we prioritized bringing Year 10 and Year 12 pupils back to school last term.’
‘Exams will go ahead next year, and we have been working closely with the sector, Ofqual, and exam boards to consider our approach.’
However, one Tory MP has even warned that students taking GCSEs and A-Levels next year face a 50/50 chance they could be scrapped again.
The final decision will be taken after the students’ return to school is considered safe and the number of coronavirus cases declines globally.
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