Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a strict lockdown in the UK for the third time. This means all primary and secondary schools close under the strict lockdown. On the other side, A-Level and GCSE exams have also been canceled as no exams can occur during this incredibly challenging time. Summer tests aren’t “possible or fair” for the nation’s kids.
He said, “We’ve got to be realistic about the pace at which this new variant has spread, we’ve got to be realistic about the impact it’s having on our NHS, and we’ve got to be humble in the face of this virus.”
This time, the lockdown will be even harsher than last March (initially when the virus spread), reports an international news outlet. It is essential to remain under lockdown as the government desperately seeks to keep the latest COVID-19 strain at bay while vaccines are being rolled out at present.
“Schools and colleges across England must move to remote provision from tomorrow, Tuesday, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.” He further added, “It is not possible or fair for all exams to go ahead as normal. Alternative arrangements will be put in place.”
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He also said, “Obviously we can’t have A-levels, GCSEs or B-techs in the way that we have had them in the past but there are ways of ensuring that we can assess the work that students have done, give them a fair recognition of that and help them onto the next stage of their education. It is critically important that children maintain their learning, and we will be supporting them to do so by making it easier for more and more students to access remote learning.”
Last year, the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) announced exam results of thousands of students worldwide who had participated in the examination, using the grade prediction system, after exams were canceled. The results were submitted by their respective schools and based on the student’s previous performance the CIE issued grades.
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