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'We cannot risk repeat of 2020 GCSE and A-level results fiasco next summer'

10 November 2020 | last updated: 11 November 2020

UCU said the approach announced by Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams for 2021 exams was a welcome acknowledgement that next year cannot be business as usual. UCU said that urgent clarity was needed from Westminster on how it will approach GCSE and A-level assessments next summer to make sure there is no repeat of 2020's exams fiasco.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'This has been an incredibly stressful time for students with those from the least affluent backgrounds impacted most by lockdowns and working from home. It is right that the Welsh government has acknowledged the challenges students are facing during this pandemic. We now need clarity from Westminster on its plans for exams next summer and we need a coordinated response from all devolved nations, awarding bodies and universities to make sure that all students are treated fairly.

'We cannot risk another summer of chaos, with students being unfairly marked down by algorithm, last minute government U-turns, and overworked staff being forced to pick up the pieces.' 

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