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No faith in clergy to mark exams

WHY are vicars any more qualified to mark GCSE religious education exam papers than Catholic fathers, Muslim imams, Hindu priests, Sikh gurus, Jewish rabbis, Jehovah's Witnesses or members of the Humanist Association?

Exams are meant to be marked by people with relevant teaching experience. RE is meant to be taught with an open approach and should be marked by those with no axe to grind.

The vicars may need pocket money and the exam boards may need markers, but they should not find them in each other.

David Pollock

13 Dunsmure Road

Stoke Newington, London N16

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