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Letters Extra: Can vicars really remain unbiased?

I am very concerned at the news that GCSE exam boards plans to recruit vicars to mark GCSE RE exams.

Given that boards have bent over backwards in recent years to persuade us that GCSE is objective, and fair to those of no religion, this seems a retrograde step.

Can vicars really be as objective as required? I thought that all RERS exams from all boards from this year had to be accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none.

Most syllabuses refer to the "need to be aware of non-religious as well as religious responses to religious and moral issues." Surely vicars cannot fail to be biased. Also shouldn't exams be marked only by qualified teachers?

Chris Douglas
Millennium Square
London SE1nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;

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