Students petition axing of January A/AS level exams

Students have launched a petition to stop plans to ditch January exams for AS and A Levels.

The government’s qualifications regulator Ofqal made the move to stop what they branded “re-sit culture”.

“There were also concerns expressed by teachers, employers and universities over what they term a re-sit culture,” Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey said last year. “Teachers in particular said that A-level students approach examinations with the expectation that they will always get a second chance. Making improvements in these key areas is what this first phase is about and it has been widely welcomed by higher education and by many schools and colleges.”

But a petition launched by students, on the e-petition website, calls on the plans to be stopped.

Creator Hannah Nathanson writes:

The pressure on students studying A-levels is already huge; the government’s proposal will exasperate this and prevent many capable students from achieving their full potential.

Furthermore, it will disadvantage young people who have missed school due to uncontrollable circumstances such as illness, bereavement or disability. The decision as to whether or not January exams benefit students should remain a choice for schools.

The changes will take effect to A-Levels starting from September 2013.