IoD calls for change to exam grading after record pass rate

The
Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on the Government to restructure the
grading system for A-levels after another increase in students getting top
grades this year.

However,
the IoD said employers continue to value A-levels and there was no need to
replace them with a multi-tiered diploma, as advocated by Mike Tomlinson’s
Committee on Educational Reform.

James
Walsh, policy adviser at the IoD, said there might be a case for altering the
examination to ensure that a smaller proportion of students achieve an ‘A’
grade. This would also help to ensure that passes at grades ‘B’ and ‘C’
continue to command respect, he said.

"As
far as employers are concerned, the main problem with the examination system is
not A-levels, but rather the fact that too many children leave school with low
levels of literacy and numeracy,” Walsh said. “These problems develop in
primary and early secondary school, not post-16 study."

By Michael Millar

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