Call for urgent review of unfair and chaotic ‘A’ level system

Clwyd West MS Darren Millar is calling on the Education Minister to urgently review the ‘A’ level results process after hundreds of students were left devastated on Thursday after their results were downgraded.

Darren has sent a letter to the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams MS, calling on her to re-evaluate the way in which students were graded this year after significant numbers missed out on securing a place at their chosen university, or getting into university at all, because their teacher assessed grades were reduced, in many cases quite significantly.

Darren said;

“The whole situation is a mess. Since the results were published on Thursday my inbox has been full of emails from angry students, parents and teachers who are distraught that many A and AS Level results have been downgraded.

“There have been ‘A’ grades downgraded to ‘D’s and ‘B’s to ‘U’s without any explanation or justification as to why these decisions have been made, and without regard to evidence provided by teachers on the progress of their students. 

“Students have been told they can appeal, but details of the appeals process have not been revealed yet, although it is expected to be a lengthy process. These students are wanting to progress to university courses of their choice and need answers now, they can’t afford to wait and delays will cause them to miss out. 

“This is grossly unfair and needs an urgent review and I have there written to the Education Minister demanding one.

“Students in Wales have worked hard and faced a year of significant disruption to their studies; they deserve better than this!”