Beggs signs recall petition seeking Education Minister appearance at Assembly
East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA, Roy Beggs, has signed a recall petition requesting the Assembly to meet so that the Minister of Education can be brought before the Assembly and forced to put right the injustice that has been committed.
Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been given examples where the result that has been given is out of line with previous AS level results and out of line with mock A level results (which are typically lower than actual A Level results). These are very objective, strong predictors of A level results. No young person should have been given a computer generated grade which was influenced by a previous school or class result.
All results must be personal to the individual young person. It was a huge mistake by the Minister to require CCEA to apply an over-riding criteria which would have reduced A level awards, just to minimise the potential of award inflation. This is an unusual year, a difficult year for students. We must not prevent them from reaching their dreams as a result of this flawed system. The wrong must be put right and we should be generous to young people to reflect their efforts and potential.
It is evident that the A levels results awarded has not been personal to young people and their track record. I am pleased that it has now been announced that GCSE results will be based on teacher assessment. A young person’s track record and their teacher’s prediction must be key and this should be applied to A Level results even at this late stage.
I can confirm that I have indicated my support for the motion for the Assembly to be recalled so that the Minister of Education can be brought before the Assembly and forced to put right the injustice that has been committed.”