In response to Chris McGovern: GCSE – the exam that fails us all,
Newman Noggs wrote:
Hand out 500 Victoria Crosses a year, and the award is immediately, and irrevocably, devalued. Hand out huge numbers of ‘Firsts’ a year, and – guess what – the same thing happens. With a pass mark of just 21 per cent, and nearly everyone reaching this abysmal level of mediocrity, the GCSE is only fit for one place – the bin. As to so-called ‘Advanced’ levels, the only thing that appears ‘advanced’ is the crackpot, would-be ‘progressive’ agenda of the examining boards which now seem to be peopled by those who themselves have learning difficulties, and who judge others by their own pathetically low standards.