Disgraceful, innit?

23rd September 2005 at 01:00
It seems they are not happy down south (for readers in Shetland, this means England) with the standard of writing in exams. Words such as "gonna", "aint", "wanna" and "shouda" appear with surprising regularity.

It also appears that even the brightest students are not very observant.

Some GCSE candidates aiming for the top grades could not spell the subject they were taking - Francais - although it was printed in bold directly above the space for candidates' answers.

Some sixth-formers also transgressed, failing to spell Shakespeare correctly - in a paper entitled "Shakespeare in context". At least in this respect, they are in good company. The Bard's family records are said to show 44 different spellings of his name.

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