Un­con­di­tional fail

THE (Times Higher Education) - - LET­TERS -

Much of the prob­lem in “As the low­est rise, so too do fears of grade in­fla­tion” (News, 5 April) is not be­cause of grade in­fla­tion but the is­sue of the “un­con­di­tional for all” ap­proach seen in much of higher ed­u­ca­tion now. I have sev­eral stu­dents who did very poorly in their A lev­els, not be­cause of lack of abil­ity but be­cause of lack of mo­ti­va­tion once of­fered an un­con­di­tional, free pass into higher ed­u­ca­tion.

In ad­di­tion, there is the in­creas­ingly con­cern­ing is­sue of mas­sively in­flated pre­dicted A-level grades, which must be cracked down on. See­ing stu­dents who got DDE at AS level and then pre­dicted grades of AAB at A level means that these re­sults are clearly false, and this prac­tice should be il­le­gal.

Mass un­con­di­tional of­fers ben­e­fit no one, and hurt the stu­dents more than any­one. PR87

Via timeshigh­ere­d­u­ca­tion.com

The lack of ba­sic skills, in­tel­li­gence and at­ti­tu­di­nal com­pe­ten­cies I wit­ness as rife among stu­dents on a daily ba­sis is heart­break­ing. I’m amazed that many of them make it to univer­sity in the first place. The fact that in­creas­ing swathes are in­creas­ingly suc­cess­ful in their tran­si­tion through univer­sity de­val­ues de­grees and univer­sity “ed­u­ca­tion” im­mea­sur­ably. It also ex­poses cur­rent re­cruit­ment and as­sess­ment prac­tices across the sec­tor as a sham­bles.

ABC Via timeshigh­ere­d­u­ca­tion.com

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