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Date published: 2005/04/05

The BBC says:

All GCSE maths students in England will have the chance to gain a grade C if a pilot scheme is extended.

Under the current three-tier entry system - decided by candidates' ability - the lowest-placed group can only get a D, however well it performs.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority proposes replacing this with two tiers, allowing all to gain a C.

Chief executive Ken Boston said it was vital to "inspire, encourage and motivate" maths students.

The revised assessment system, which brings maths into line with other GCSE subjects such as science and English, could be in place by 2006.

Several thousand pupils, due to take their final exams this summer, will be taking part in the QCA's pilot scheme.

Mr Boston said: "It is vital that we inspire, encourage and motivate young people in their studies by providing them with the opportunity to gain a grade C in GCSE mathematics.

Why not go all the way and give them all an A grade? That will certainly "inspire, encourage and motivate" them. Heck, just because some students find difficult sums like 17 + 23 to be, well, difficult, does not mean they should be labelled a failure. Rather let's call them all geniuses. Just don't drive on any bridges they are responsible for designing in future.

As in the rest of the world, we would all be a lot better off if they just sacked all education bureaucrats and gave the money to someone more deserving.

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