Marking madness must end

25th June 2004 at 01:00
I have recently become an examiner for AQA. I am already disillusioned with the marking mechanism which aims as its top priority to make marking as simple as possible so as to reduce costs and increase the number of scripts being marked.

Unfortunately, this does not benefit the students. I came into teaching from industry to work for the benefit of students.

The exams system needs reforming drastically. No marks are given for anything that doesn't meet the mark scheme. Too often mark schemes are incomplete because the exam's designer lacks a subject specialism.

I was told by a senior examiner who had gone straight from university to AQA that it was best not to know the subject so you can't offer alternative answers not on the mark scheme.

Ambigious questions and incomplete mark schemes are failing our children.

Only those with the power to dictate at the top of examining bodies can decide our students' futures. This madness has to end!

Frustrated Greater Manchester Name and address supplied

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