Stop The AQA from mis-educating children using racist and inaccurate Textbooks

Stop The AQA from mis-educating children using racist and inaccurate Textbooks

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Paul Lawrence started this petition to Minister of Education and

In October 2018 a parent found that the AQA approved GCSE Sociology textbook contained a derogatory racial stereotype. When requested to offer an explanation the AQA twice stated that they do not accept any responsibility for the contents of the books they approve.

Who is the AQA

“We provide academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges.”

“AQA provides qualifications that enable students to progress to the next stage in their lives.”

“Our UK qualifications are highly valued by employers and universities around the world. “

“We set and mark around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken in the UK every year.”

Each of these responses should leave you in no doubt the role the AQA plays in the education of all our children, the reach and influence they have. All of these responses have come directly from the AQA website as of November 5th, 2018.

The AQA is one of the largest and most influential accrediting bodies in the UK and beyond. Their textbooks are used as a PREFERENCE by many schools in the UK and aboard whose students sit AQA set and Marked examinations. 

The problem

When contacted the AQA accepted that they approved the offending text, but twice stated that they take no responsibility for the contents of the book. This is a clear act of deceit and an abuse of the trust UK educators and the public place in the AQA. Schools and parents choose to spend taxpayers money on books designated AQA approved because their “qualifications are highly valued by employers and universities around the world” and because they “set and mark around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken in the UK every year”

The Twist

The key question asked of the AQA was this, Either the AQA does not read the contents of books it Approves or in the case of this book they read it and saw nothing wrong with the book, though they have now withdrawn it and apologised.

In other words, the AQA have no internal procedures to ensure the accuracy of their textbooks. 


The Solution

We, therefore, petition the UK Minister of Education to immediately remove all books and text designated “AQA Approved”, Online publications and study guides until the AQA put in place a robust quality assurance system which ensures UK students and teachers they are receiving the top quality textbooks we taxpayers deserve.  

We fully understand that this is a massive undertaking, but equally, understand the danger of allowing the AQA to continue to put into the public domain unchecked documents which due to the strength and perceived value of their brand schools unwittingly use to miseducate UK children.

Please support this petition and share with your friends, the education of all our children may well depend upon it.

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