Clear as mud;Letter

3rd December 1999 at 00:00
WE completely agree with Doug McAvoy's statement (Letters, November 12) that mathematics tests for trainee teachers should be declared a national pilot. This would allow proper time for evaluation as the whole concept of a maths test appears to have been rushed through by the Government.

A booklet published by the Teacher Training Agency, which is supposed to relieve the worries of trainee teachers, provides relatively few answers. Not only is there no indication of how long the test will be, but no pass mark has been decided upon. Following this, much to our amusement, is the statement that "questions will be extensively tested and piloted before the introduction of the tests". We would love to know when this is planned for, considering that sample questions are expected in February!

How can the Government manage to introduce a new requirement to a course when students have already been accepted?

Does this not make a mockery of previous entrance criteria for maths?

Ben Cull PGCE student ROLLE school of education University of Plymouth

Kim Freeman PGCE student at St Lukes University of Exeter

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