A Level Results: Coventry MP calls for Education Secretary to go - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

A Level Results: Coventry MP calls for Education Secretary to go

John Carlon 17th Aug, 2020

A COVENTRY MP has joined A Level students protesting in Broadgate to call on the Education Secretary to resign.

Zarah Sultana, Labour MP for Coventry South, demanded minister Gavin Williamson step down in light of a growing fiasco over A Level results.

Politicians from across party lines have united over recent days in critiscim over botched handling of cancelled exams.

Almost 40 per cent of exam results have been downgraded following Government implementation of a ‘standardisation algorithm.’

Rallying protesting youngsters, Ms Sultana said “Far from being a level playing field, this grading system is locking-in class inequality, judging students by their postcode, not their potential. And it’s working class students like you guys who have been hit the hardest.”

“I’ve been in touch with students who have missed out on university offers and don’t know what they’re going to be doing. My heart breaks for you – because an algorithm concocted in some office in Whitehall is denying the hopes and opportunities of young people in Coventry.”

She called on the Government, saying “Follow Scotland’s example, abandon your rigged algorithm and revert to teachers’ assessments. And Gavin Williamson, if you’re listening: start writing your resignation letter.”

Following the protests, Ms Sultana said: “This results fiasco is utterly shameful. Through no fault of their own, Coventry students have had their hopes dashed and their futures robbed. The Government urgently needs to right this wrong and revert to teachers’ assessments.

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