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The Conservative Party MP told LBC that 2020 should have been written off and that grades for this year should have been assigned without a benchmark. Mr Duncan Smith added that mistakes have been made by the Government, highlighting their decision to use an algorithm to work out what grade every student would have achieved.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “We should have started by saying that 2020 is a write-off.
“In other words, everything about 2020 is not going to ever be used as a benchmark.
“If the problem is grade inflation, which I must say is overcooked, then they should say forget it, just don’t use 2020 as a benchmark ever again.
“You go 2019 to 2021 and you say 2020 is an exception and that would have allowed us to say schools can use either their mocks or their assessments.
“We should have accepted that some of the marks would have been overcooked and we’d just have to work that in the system.
“But this year, it’s imperfect because we didn’t have exams.”
He added: “The idea that we’d have an algorithm to figure out what they might have done in an exam is really impossible and that’s where the big mistakes were made.
“I’d like the government now to say forget it, we’ll go with the assessments.
“We do not want this to happen with the GCSEs as well.”
On Sunday Ofqual suspended its criteria for students hoping to challenge their A-level grades on the basis of their results in mock exams – just hours after publishing them.
An Ofqual spokesman said: “Earlier today we published information about mock exam results in appeals.
“This policy is being reviewed by the Ofqual board and further information will be published in due course.”
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Defending Ofqual’s grading method in the Sunday Express, Mr Williamson said: “No system that was put in place was going to be able to replicate the exams process.
“But the calculated grade overseen by Ofqual makes certain that everyone can be confident that these qualifications carry the same weight as previous years.
“And our triple lock process means if any young person is unhappy with their result, they can appeal on the basis of a valid mock exam and, in England, have the chance to sit exams in the autumn.”
Last week, prior to the results being published, the Education Secretary vowed there would not be a U-turn on the grading method used for student’s A-Level results.
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