Questions to ask

4th August 2000 at 01:00
YOUR story "Heads question literacy gains" (TES, July 14) contributes to the suspicion that the raised exam standards successive governments have been eager to boast about in vindication of the bodging called "reform" are the product of a process of procuration rather than achievement.

How is it that when a pupil's failure to get into Oxbridge is treated as the denial of a basic human right, producing perceptible movement of the earth, there is barely a ripple of a response to growing evidence that one of the central planks in the state education system - national school examinations - is riddled by irregularity and malpractice?

There will be no answers until someone with clout starts asking some questions.

John Steadman

14 Garrigill


Washington, Tyne and Wear

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