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UK Examination board’working round the clock’ in latest blow for BTEC Pupils

Countless British pupils didn’t receive their examination results as anticipated on Thursday after one of the UK’s examination boards declared a last-minute review of how their BTEC grades are calculated.

While people who took GCSEs, accounting for the huge majority of British pupils, received their scores, individuals that took BTEC classes – an alternative to GCSEs and A-Levels that ordinarily concentrate on vocational instead of academic subjects – didn’t.

Around 200,000 Level 2 and 1 BTEC pupils are influenced by Thursday’s delays. Last week, Level 3 BTEC pupils did get their results at precisely the same time as A-Level pupils.

It’s the next time that UK students are changed after a week’s revelation that a method utilized to compute A-Level outcomes – examinations accepted by 18-year-olds from Britain – had led to several pupils getting lower grades when they had been predicted.

Consequently, the authorities agreed that A-Level pupils would get the grades predicted by their teachers as opposed to calculated using an algorithm.

But a choice to utilize the same procedure to indicate BTEC examinations has led to Thursday’s delay.

A spokesperson from Pearson advised Euronews:

“After Ofqual’s announcement a Level and GCSE pupils are to get middle assessed levels, we’ll be applying the very same principles for pupils receiving BTEC results this summer. We’ll be more regrading BTECs to handle concerns about unfairness concerning A-Levels and GCSEs and guarantee no BTEC pupil is disadvantaged.”

“We all know this could cause further uncertainty for pupils and we’re sorry about it. Our priority will be to ensure fair outcomes for BTEC pupils and we’ll work round the clock to present revised grades when we could.”

The reviewing of this grading system has experienced a larger effect on GCSEs and A-Levels since they rely heavily on final test marks. However, as BTECs are vocational classes that are marked frequently with coursework, it is uncertain if reviewing the levels will make much difference.

Thursday’s delay is only going to increase pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s education minister, Gavin Williamson, who’s facing calls to resign over the administration’s handling of this catastrophe.

How have other European nations dealt with examinations during the ordeal?
Likewise to the UK, final grades are calculated according to coursework within the year and sooner examination grades.

Germany went forward with their Abitur examinations (the qualification required to enter college ) under socially-distanced ailments.

Italy canceled composed examinations and rather held oral examinations with social bookmarking steps set up. Additionally, teacher evaluated grades were corrected so that they rely on 60 percent of the general grade in contrast to the normal 40 percent.

Spain has stalled the college entry examinations – the Selectivitat – and also the university enrolment calendar is going to be accommodated accordingly.