Yeah, my 2:1s better than yours

UK“A Commons select committee on innovation, universities and skills has declared that there has been a devaluation in University qualifications, with an 8% increase in those receiving 2:1s or 1sts since 1997. Of course the Conservative party have jumped on this with seeming relish (possible more so as it now sits in Mandy’s bailiwick?). There is some element, in this article, of the UCAS silly season coming in to play. As Parliament shuts down for the Summer there is usually a brief period of journalistic focus on UK Universities ‘confirmation and clearing’ period, as A-Level results are published and places confirmed. The journos usually brush off their ‘A-Levels aint wot they used to be’ article and the cry of dumbing down is struck. Cue the government crowing about its new Diplomas and defensive comments from the secondary education sector on behalf of the new wonder generation. Interesting that it has started with the University sector this year. There is some element, in this article, of the UCAS silly season coming in to play …” (more)

[The Gentleman Administrator, 2 August]

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