Radical changes are victims of their own success
As for comparing today's examinations with previous years, I would suggest the following: a) The content matter of current A-level syllabuses is more difficult and involved than syllabuses of 20 years ago.
b) Questions on current examination papers are more demanding and require a higher level of understanding than those of 20 years ago. I would even go so far as to say that in some cases the A-level papers set over 20 years ago would not be far removed from the standard of some current GCSE Papers.
Let credit be given where credit is due. It should be publicly acknowledged that the increased number of good A-level results is down to dedication and subject expertise of teachers, increased awareness of syllabus requirements, and higher levels of motivation among the students involved.
Then again, how would the Government justify any radical changes in education?
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