Provide a concrete answer for the exam situation to all A Level 2019 intakes

Provide a concrete answer for the exam situation to all A Level 2019 intakes

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Daniil Stevens started this petition to Taylors Lakeside University and College

For the past couple of months, the world has been put through absolute chaos. I'm not talking about the first few months of this year, where we were on the brink of potentially another global war while wildfires ravaged Australia, floods destroyed entire towns in Indonesia and the Malaysian government was in turmoil. No, I'm talking about the global pandemic at hand, a pandemic so bad, the likes of which are not matched by any previous disease outbreak. The Swine flu, the Spanish flu, even the Black Plague have been compared to the new covid-19 virus. The truth is, they did not spread at even half the speed at which this virus is spreading. 

This pandemic is a global issue. It is the reason almost every person reading this petition is sitting in quarantine. It has halted global trade, drastically slowing down the economies of the world. Governments all over the world are resorting to huge fiscal stimulus to avoid total economic collapse. This will have terrible economic implications, like huge inflation and massive increases in unemployment. This means that any person that comes out of this healthy and alive, will inevitably have to face the economic and financial burden of a beaten down global economy.

A level and GCSE students all over the world have been a part of this disarray, and it seems some people have forgotten this. Our exams were cancelled, thus making our future uncertain. This was of course in our best interest and I recognise that. In all this mayhem, Taylor's, or at least some of its management, has forgotten that their students are human and have feelings too. Instead of trying to console the students, with every update from Cambridge, Taylor's somehow managed to add more uncertainty to the situation. This is why I was completely baffled by their announcement to still hold mock examinations, when these were already cancelled. Below I have pasted a note, directly from the Cambridge site:

You do not need to set students fresh work to gather evidence – for example, you do not need to set new mock papers, set assignments or ask them to complete unfinished coursework.

I don't know about you, but that statement seems pretty clear to me. This is because Cambridge understands that this virus is not going to subside any time soon. This is the opinion of many doctors and virologists too. At the time of writing this petition, there are currently just under 1 million people infected with this disease, but the numbers are going up in tens of thousands every day. If we were to go through with these exams, we would not only be putting ourselves at risk, but also our parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles etc. Again, I don't know about you, but I don't really fancy dying just yet, and I most certainly don't want to put any of my relatives at risk, especially at a time when the health system is trying to handle more sick people that it is prepared for. 

With this petition, on behalf of all A level students from the 2019 intakes, I would like to ask for 2 things:

1. Taylor's, please, reconsider the decision to hold mock examinations. I don't think the management team truly recognises the health risks and implications that such a large congregation of people in a closed space has for the students and their families, as well as the healthcare system. In this instance contacting a medical professional in the field of virology to back your decision would be appropriate. 

2. From here on out, please be more considerate towards the welfare of your students. Before making decisions like this, perhaps consult the students, understand what we are going through and what we think. 

If you agree with me on at least something that I have mentioned in this petition, please sign. Every signature counts. 

 

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