Have Your Say
THE major purpose of setting examinations is to differentiate students into their educational standard groupings and this usually implies that there are failures — approximately 60 per cent — and passes, some of which are university material, usually 20 per cent.
This at least was the purpose behind examinations but does not now seem to be relevant.
The latest A-level results just published indicate a Welsh pass rate of 98.3 per cent which is a mental impossibility. Either that or the examination standards have dropped to primary school level.
Two years ago an international study placed the educational standards in Wales at a poor 28th out of 40 countries being behind Greece, Turkey, China, Russia, Croatia and Bulgaria.
Why is it then that there is such a distortion in these results ?
It reflects badly on the education system and does not augur well for the academic future of the country.