East Lancashire teaching unions to take on exam board over GCSE marking fiasco (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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East Lancashire teaching unions to take on exam board over GCSE marking fiasco
11:15am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
TEACHING unions have launched a legal challenge against the exam board in charge of this year’s GCSE marking fiasco.
The National Union of Teachers and a coalition of unions, teachers’ professional bodies, local councils and schools have formally issued High Court proceedings against Ofqual, and exam boards AQA and Edexcel Papers will be served on these three defendants with the aim of a speedy hearing.
The claim is a comprehensive legal challenge to the marking of this year’s English GCSEs. The complainants believe the candidates have been unfairly marked down in an effort to curb grade inflation without warning to teachers or pupils.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: “It is a dreadful shame that it has come to this.
“The education secretary should have taken the lead from Wales and re-graded this year’s English GCSEs.
“The NUT, as part of a coalition of other interested parties, has been left with no option but to try and redress through the courts the great injustice suffered this year by schools and pupils.”
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