Student’s anger after Coronavirus fears cancel exams

AQA logo on an exam certificateSchools across the country have cancelled exams due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

A-Level and GCSE exams have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, leaving many students feeling like their hard work was for nothing

In a press conference on Wednesday 18 March, Boris Johnson announced that after schools closed their gates that Friday, they would be closing for the foreseeable future.

This closure means that this summer’s GCSE and A-Level exams have been cancelled with little information being given to students regarding assessments.

Some schools have said they will give students predicted grades whereas others have given students assessments to complete at home.

However, many students feel like this is not enough. One year 11 student said, “It just feels like I’ve stressed over revising, preparing for these exams for them to not happen”.

A year 13 student told me that there has been some communication from her Sixth Form. She said that they have been set smaller assessments to make up for the lack of exams.

When asked about how she feels, she said, “it’s just a matter of things settling in to be like ‘oh no this is actually happening'”.

In a statement, exam board AQA said that they will begin to work with teachers to ensure that pupils are graded as fairly as possible. They said, “Regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible.

“Teachers will take be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data”.

This leaves many students in the dark regarding their exam grades and puts many student’s post exam plans up in the air.

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