Curious criteria

20th April 2001 at 01:00
I HAVE two concerns about vocational A-levels.

First - and I refer to the business course I teach - is the sheer volume and nature of the information students must collect, information that firms are often reluctant to provide. Often middle-class students with parents who have contacts an get the information while other students struggle.

Second, the assessment criteria of portfolio work are peculiar. I am having to fail work which, were it A-level, would get a grade C. Is this the experience of others?

Denis Meehan 24 Holly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham

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