It's no myth: superior O-level proves the system needs a rethink

20th November 2009 at 00:00

Adrian Elliott's article ought to have been based upon an in-depth analysis of exam papers, in a range of different subjects. Instead, it is just too vague and anecdotal.

If you have not read or spoken a word of French since your O-level, a nine-year-old may actually have a better knowledge of French than you do, but that does not, in itself, prove that GCSE French is harder than the old O-level paper.

However, when a group of modern young people experienced what it was like to be at a grammar school in the 1950s on Channel 4's That'll Teach 'Em, some said, quite openly, that they thought the old O-level papers were much more difficult than today's GCSE papers. As this group of youngsters were able to make valid comparisons, I would have thought that their opinions were worth listening to.

the hippo

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