David Cameron faces a simple choice in the row with Nick Clegg over Michael Gove’s proposals to bring back O-levels: Should he back his Education Secretary or the Deputy Prime Minister?
Earlier this week, news leaked out that Gove wants to scrap GCSEs because they’re too easy.
Instead of being asked to write essays, children are now expected to do multiple-choice questions – with many of the answers so obvious it’s impossible to fail.
Take the following question from a GCSE exam on Information and Communication Technologies: “Before switching on computer equipment, always … (a) Clean it; (b) Ask for help; (c) Check cables; or (d) Get a drink.” (To read more, click here.)
Re: My column in today
Posted by :( on 25-06-2012 18:34:
I recently finished my A levels and I am tired of people saying exams are too easy. Yes there are multiple choice questions on the ICT exam BUT there IS also an 'essay' question as well as questions which require longer answers. This is the same for the science exams as well.
Why can't people entertain the notion that the nation's kids are getting more intelligent. Young people nowadays pick up things much quicker than I did and there is only a 7 year gap between us. I tutor four year 7 pupils in German and the speed with which they learn, and their maturity is astounding and incomparable to when I was 11 years old.
GSCE's are still fresh in my mind despite just finishing extremely challenging A Levels and I can say they are not as easy as people make out. If the system changes I'm sure the students will adapt but will everybody stop assuming that just because a good percentage pass exams, they must be piss easy.
@NicholasBlincoe Which argument in my piece is a straw man, Blinkers? (23 minutes ago)