Maths muddle

2nd February 2001 at 00:00
Does any other college feel as frustrated as we do about the muddle and mismanagement of the new AS maths syllabus? Our experience is that it is demotivating the very students it purports to support.

The new syllabus claims to be open to GCSE grade C intermediate students, but demands prior knowledge not covered by the intermediate syllabus. Most of our students achieved grade C at intermediate. They erolled on the new AS with enthusiasm, but they are becoming more and more disillusioned as they move towards an exam that will inevitably test them on what they do not know. This is an example of the British examination system at its worst.

Eve Pereira

A-level maths co-ordinator

Rachel McLeod

Head of programme, maths

Annette Zera

Principal

Tower Hamlets College


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