Higher grades are earned;Letter

17th September 1999 at 01:00
I HAVE just completed my A-levels, and read with interest comments about falling standards.

In my subjects - maths, physics and chemistry - we used papers dating back a number of years for mock tests, and they were no harder than those I sat in June.

The increase in higher grades is almost certainly due to: improved teaching; greater familiarity with a particular syllabus; pupils obtaining better subject advise at 16 and the introduction of new A-levels.

The majority of pupils who took A-levels this year, and every year, will have deserved their grades.

Stewart Ronnie

9 Rectory Close

Barby, Warwickshire

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