Offer a re-sit

7th September 2001 at 01:00
I was pleased to see the scandal of AS-level mathematics being highlighted in The TES.

Maths was already, arguably, the hardest A-level. Instead of making it more accessible, the exam boards took out some of the "easier" topics, labelling them as "assumed knowledge". These have been replaced by harder topics previously only studied to further maths level. I commiserate with my students, but I would like to see the Government and exam boards take urgent steps to ensure that more students can study maths to AS-level. In the short term, one practical way of apologising to the students would be to offer them a re-sit in January, by which time the exam boards could write more accessible papers.

TG Crawshaw Assistant principal St George's College of Technology Sleaford, Lincolnshire

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