Responding to the reports that Liberal Democrat Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams has announced that they are cancelling GCSE, AS and A-level exams in 2021, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

"The ongoing disruption of coronavirus on education means it is now impossible to guarantee a level playing field for students in exams. Many teachers are also saying it is now impossible to teach the content needed for next summer’s exams. 

 

"The Liberal Democrats have been clear that rather leaving pupils under a cloud of uncertainty and making yet more last minute decisions, the Government must cancel GCSE and A-level exams in summer 2021 and make necessary adjustments to assessing BTECs. 

 

"In cancelling next year’s exams, Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams is giving schools the certainty they need, whilst ensuring no child’s education is penalised unfairly as a result of Ministers’ failures to get a grip on this virus.

 

"It is vital Gavin Williamson listens to the Liberal Democrats, and follows the move made in Wales today, otherwise the Secretary of State risks leaving our young people in the lurch once again."

 

Notes:


Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper wrote to Gavin Williamson last week urging him to " cancel GCSE and A-level exams in summer 2021 and set out alternative plans so all students are assessed fairly".

 

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