UK - A Level Results disgrace - Maths
In the Uk it is generally the case that in order to get admission to University, a certain standard of achievement in exams known as “A” (Advanced) Level exams and in their last 2 years at school from 16- to 18 children concentrate fully on the three subject they have chosen to study to an Advanced Level.
In the days when some teachers were male and gaining employment as a teacher, the main criteron was ability, it was generally accepted that one needed to get 40% in the A Level, to pass that exam. An “A” at A level was really something to be proud of achieving, that meaning that you had an excellent understanding of the subject. The expectation was that to get an “A” you had scored around 75% of the total available marks.
So I was actually ashamed of our Education system a few days ago - when Radio 4 reported that the "Pass mark" for A Level Maths this year 2019 was 14 % - YES FOURTEEN PERCENT ! and that if you scored 55% it was sufficient to get an “A” !
So what is the problem here ?
The answer to that seems to be self-evident !
We need to sack the "Teachers" whose “students” are achieving the lowest grades - each year - !
Clearly there would be a problem with “replacement” rates, so maybe just sack the bottom quartile each year until the “Pass mark” gets back up to a more acceptable level !
And I don’t say “make redundant” or “Move them sideways” - I say SACK them ! They are employed on a contract to do a specific job of work ! If they are simply too incompetent to do that job, then they MUST be replaced by someone who IS Competent !