Education : the Parcoursup british is also controversial - The Point

As an air of déjà-vu. In the Uk, the high school students in the last year, have not been able to pass their final exams due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus

Education : the Parcoursup british is also controversial - The Point

As an air of déjà-vu. In the Uk, the high school students in the last year, have not been able to pass their final exams due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus. To allocate the seats in different universities of the country, the british government has created a special algorithm that is nowadays the object of many criticisms, explains Le Figaro. The results published on 13 August last year, have provoked anger and astonishment among many teachers, students and principals of high schools.

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The algorithm is based on two essential criteria : the student's grades during the year, as well as the results at A-Level - the equivalent of the French baccalaureate in France - in previous years students from a school in which evolves the candidate. Except that the algorithm presented results largely below expectations. Approximately 40 % of the marks awarded are not in conformity to the expectations of the teachers. In addition, 3 % of students saw their grades plummet by two bearings, the rating system in the United Kingdom working with letters ranging from A to E. The students concerned were thus able to see their grades drop from C to E.

The government is reversing

The places promised to some high school students into the universities the most expensive in the country are gone to other candidates. The faculty denounces an algorithm which is to the detriment of the best students of high schools, the results of which are not the highest in the country. Based on the analysis of the data, the fee-paying private schools in the United Kingdom have had more chance of sending their students into good universities with this system. In a first time, the government had envisaged a different system of rating, taking into account the forecasts of the teachers based on the results of the students to the tests that were conducted before the quarantine.

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Face the wrath of teachers, the Prime minister Boris Johnson said : "where the students are disappointed, where they feel they could have done better, where they feel that an injustice has been done, there is the possibility of a call and they will be able to go to the sessions of catch-up this fall ". A first measure was decided by the british minister of Education Gavin Williamson : schools are not required to pay for the challenge and call of the notes of exams of their students. An action that can sometimes cost up to 150 pounds.

Updated Date: 16 August 2020, 23:33

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