Alphabet lessons from history

15th October 2004 at 01:00
In view of the announcement of the abolition of A-levels and GCSEs, and the probable abolition of degrees, might I suggest that we revive the classifications employed by the Special Operations Executive during World War 2: A: First-class operator capable of taking charge of a large area and of influencing important people or existing movements.

B: Second-class organiser who can take charge of a local area.

C: Man capable of acting as staff officer to A.

D: Suitable for leader of a diverse band.

E:Man possessing special technical knowledge of an industry, trade etc who can influence executives or operatives.

F: Suitable for instructor in tactics and techniques of diverse operations.

G: Courier.

H: Wireless operator.

I: Ordinary member of raiding parties.

J: Lone worker, thug, ready for anything but undisciplined and uncooperative.

AD Harvey 273 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16

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