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Dawn Neesom: Thick politicians fail all our kids in A-level exam results fiasco
August 18, 2020
In fact it’s a positive bonus to only have one brain cell slowly dying of underuse.
I mean what the actual hell have Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and the blithering idiots of exam watchdog Ofqual been doing since late March?
Not like the looming A-levels and GCSEs were a surprise sprung on them, were they? They’ve had MONTHS to sort out how to get a system that fairly rewarded kids for their hard work.
Though why youngsters couldn’t sit socially distanced exams in the first place is a mystery.
It’s not like you’re cheek by jowl in an examination hall.
We’ve been able to amble around supermarkets, unmasked, from day one yet kids were not only thrown out of class they were chucked under the proverbial bus.
We’ve let ALL youngsters from reception class to university down appallingly. Especially – as the hideous exam grade algorithm demonstrated so well – those from poorer backgrounds and working class areas.
Who even thought letting a computer make such important decisions was a good idea?
We’ve all had those weird suggestions about what we might like on social media based on algorithms.
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Innocently check out a football result online and next thing you know you’re invited to follow Spurs. Even though you’re a lifelong West Ham fan. And that’s definitely worse than a U grade.
Seriously, the mental health cost of what we’ve put this lot though will echo through generations. Some will never catch up.
Even Dominic Cummings and his infamous dodgy eyesight should have seen this mess coming from miles away.
Hell, Wee Nicola Krankie Sturgeon even gave a masterclass in how not to do it a week before.
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Yet still our education supremo (the very definition of contradiction in terms) was still boasting about how he’d done his revision just days before the dunce’s cap was slapped on his head.
Incredibly Williamson – who was previously sacked by Theresa May –is actually married to a primary school teacher. So if anyone should have a grasp of the importance of getting education right it’s him.
Mind you when he was in charge of defence he was dubbed Private Pike after the wet-blanket mummy’s boy in classic light entertainment series Dad’s Army.
That was a comedy. This is a tragedy. Our Gav’s secret “skill” seems to be in the Westminster dark arts, which basically translates as getting so far up your boss’s backside he chokes. He also has a pet tarantula called Cronus and keeps a whip on his office desk.
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Well, who doesn’t?
He describes his negotiating technique as “not so much stick but it’s amazing what can be achieved with a sharpened carrot”.
Which brings us neatly back to that brilliant Corporal Jones Dad’s Army quote “they don’t like it up ‘em”.
Because pretty sure that’s exactly what most students out there would suggest the useless turnip that is Williamson does with his sharpened carrot.