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Piers Morgan has launched a stunning attack on Government’s record and accused Gavin Williamson of betraying students after around 280,000 entrants had their A-level exam results marked down. Millions of students across England are set to receive their GCSE results on Thursday using the same controversial algorithm which downgraded 40 percent of all A-level results.
In a post of Twitter, the Good Morning Britain co-host said: “Gavin Williamson just about sums up this Government- woefully out of his depth & utterly useless.
“Our children are being betrayed by his appalling incompetence.”
Hundreds of thousands of A-level students have been left in limbo after exam regulator Ofqual withdrew guidance on how to appeal results over the weekend.
The handling of exam results has opened up huge divisions within the Tory party.
Former education secretary Lord Baker of Dorking urging ministers to delay the publication of GCSE results until A-level issues have been resolved.
Tory former minister Stephen Hammond described the A-level results grading system and appeals process “a shambles”.
Mr Hammond added delaying GCSE results day is “probably is the right thing to do”
Last week Mr Williamson gave a “triple-lock” commitment to ensure pupils could use the highest result out of their teacher’s predicted grade, their mock exam, or sitting an actual exam in the autumn.
But the Ofqual guidance said if the mock result was higher than the teacher’s prediction, it was the teacher’s prediction that would count.
Shadow education secretary Kate Green said the situation surrounding A-level results is “disgraceful” and called on the Government to “go the extra mile” to protect young people’s futures.
Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, she added: “At the same time, we do know that universities have capacity, or certainly had at the time that the A-level results came out, partly because, of course, the Government has made it so much more difficult for international students to come to the UK.
“But they need to know it, they need planning time. And, of course, universities can’t sit around waiting forever.
“Those places are now filling up and so the Government just needs to make it absolutely clear on what basis results are being awarded to A-level students, what grades they got, it has got to be fair to those young people and then universities can fill up the places that continue to exist and students can get on with their lives.”
The Department for Education has said it is continuing to work with the regulator Ofqual to build as much “fairness into the appeals process as possible” to help what it described as the “most difficult cases”.
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A spokesman said: “Hundreds of thousands of students have received a calculated grade that will enable them to progress to the next stage of their education or into work.
“We have been clear that we want to build as much fairness into the appeals process as possible to help young people in the most difficult cases and have been working with Ofqual to achieve that.
“Ofqual continues to consider how to best deliver the appeals process to give schools and pupils the clarity they need.”
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