Monday, 30 June 2008

Thin End of the Wedge

Pupils are being rewarded for writing obscenities in their GCSE English examinations- even when it has nothing to do with the question.

One genius pupil wrote "fuck off" on their paper.

The chief examiner of English for the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), an examination board, said that he had given the pupil two marks, out of a possible 27, for the expletive. He said:

“It would be wicked to give it zero, because it does show some very basic skills we are looking for – like conveying some meaning and some spelling. It’s better than someone that doesn’t write anything at all. It shows more skills than somebody who leaves the page blank.”

He further commented:

“If it had had an exclamation mark it would have got a little bit more because it would have been showing a little bit of skill.”

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