Cancel Welsh External Assessments 2021

Cancel Welsh External Assessments 2021

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Cerys Jones started this petition to Welsh Government

Given the current circumstances in the UK due to Covid-19, the education sector has been full of uncertainty and changes in decisions. Governments and minsters have been trying to find a viable solution that maintains a standard of education for all students, however the varying choices from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are anything but fair.

This uncertainty and these differences have caused more stress and struggle than necessary on students and teachers alike. A lack of coordination and continuity among nations has caused an unfair variance in grading for students. For example, England has cancelled all exams in the summer whereas Wales has still been told to complete external assessments with England being awarded teacher assessed grades. External assessments are still exams in nature and so this difference will not alleviate the stress of students or teachers, causing an unfair advantage to those with less pressure and a wider scope for their grades.

There is extensive pressure on teachers to prepare the Welsh students for their assessments when even they are not fully aware of what they will entail. The lack of openness and transparency from the exam boards due to the fluctuating decisions and changing circumstances has led to much trouble among Welsh education.

Being a year 13 student myself I have experienced the full extent of the pandemic upon education, spending countless weeks to months completing online learning which has had devastating effects on many students' mental health and ability to complete their studies to the highest standard. The lack of clarity for the future has created a lack of motivation among students especially when there are obvious discrepancies between education ministers approaches. 

Therefore, in order to rectify these issues I believe that the summer external assessments for Wales 2021 should be cancelled and replaced with teacher assessed grades - like that of England and Northern Ireland. This way all courses and Universities can compare future students equally.  

 

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