‘There’s no clarity’ Ranvir Singh blasts Education Secretary over GCSE confusion

Gavin Williamson discussed the recent announcement by the government concerning school closures and the cancelling of GCSE and A-Level exams on Good Morning Britain. Ranvir Singh pressed the Education Secretary for answers over how current students will achieve their qualifications but slammed the MP for “not proving clarity” over the unprecedented situation amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Singh quizzed Williamson on the measures announced by Boris Johnson in yesterday’s press conference which included closing UK schools.

The Prime Minister added that children whose parents are key workers will continue to attend school and Singh grilled Williamson on the details of these proposals. 

When asked who falls into the key worker categories, Williamson explained: “Doctors, nurses and those on the front line. 

“Teachers and social workers who are absolutely key to key workers who have children being able to get to work.”

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He reiterated the term was “much more broader” than those who work for the NHS and includes “areas of the economy that are essential to national infrastructure”.

Williamson explained the government would be issuing a full list of all the categories key workers fall into.

Adil Ray then quizzed Williamson on the impact closures with have on GCSE and A-Level pupils who now face uncertainty over they qualifications.

Williamson said: “Exams aren’t going to be taking place in this academic year. We’re going to be doing everything we can to ensure that people receive their GCSE and A Level grades in August as they would usually do. 

She asked: “I know you’re going to bring out more detail [but if] exams won’t be held this year, will the qualifications be based on predicted grades, mock exams, coursework?”

Williamson replied: “We have got a clear outline of what we’re doing and that’s why we’re taking the opportunity to speak with some of those organisations that are going to be responsible for delivery on this.

“We’re not cancelling GCSEs or A Levels, but exams aren’t going to be taking place. 

“We’ll bring out the details tomorrow, but we need to give some of those organisations the opportunity to highlight if there are any unintended consequences as a result of our plans.”

He continued: “But also, I have to be absolutely honest with you here, any sort of route we go down is not as good as having a proper set of exams… 

“This isn’t something that any education secretary would want to be making the decision on. 

“But what’s really important is when children receive their grades, that there’s a proper appeals process and that there’s an ability to address it if they feel as if that is not simply a proper reflection of the work and study that they’ve done.”

“I completely understand the worry and concern people have,” the educational secretary added.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am. 

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