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We all hate them - Clarke plans more

Issue No. 1856

THE RELENTLESS testing of school pupils is coming under increasing fire from teachers and parents. But as anger grows against the tests, education secretary Charles Clarke has announced that even more will be inflicted on school students. Clarke is demanding that pupils are tested in all subjects at the age of 14 so they can decide which subjects to drop at GCSE level.

He wants to introduce a certificate for 14 years olds, adding even more pressure to the deeply hated testing regime. School pupils already face up to 105 tests in their school careers. The teachers union, the NUT, said 'The idea of extending a flawed testing system across the national curriculum for 14 year olds is accountability gone mad'.

The union said the proposals would increase teachers' workloads while doing nothing to help pupils. The head of the National Head Teacher's Association said tests at 14 would mean 'an unacceptable increase in the amount of testing and examinations at the precise moment when they should be reduced.'

Conference against SATs for parents, teachers, governors and students, Saturday 28 June, 11.30am - 3.30pm, South Camden Community School, London. For details phone 01727 835 554, or e-mail [email protected]

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Sat 21 Jun 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1856
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