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Make science easier, examiners are told - Times Online
Examiners will have to set easier questions in some GCSE science papers, under new rules seen by The Times. A document prepared by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents awarding bodies across Britain, says that, from next year, exam papers should consist of 70 per cent “low-demand questions”, requiring simpler or multiple-choice answers. These currently make up just 55 per cent of the paper.

The move follows growing concern about the “dumbing down” of science teaching at GCSE and grade inflation of exam results, which critics claim is the result of a government drive to reverse the long-term decline in the number of pupils studying science....

Try your hand at the GCSE physics paper - answers at the bottom of the article

Why not just stick the bloody certificates on the backs of Cornflake packets. It doesn't fool anyone, except teachers and the government, which frankly isn't hard to do. Universities know, employers know and even the kids know they are being fobbed off with crap teaching and given shiny stars to pretend it is all OK.

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Somebody please tell me the linked "exam" paper is a spoof.

Please.

I know it's a very long time since I took my O Level but really, can things actually be this bad?

I hope I've fallen for one of the Englishman's little japes, Oh how I hope.

Lol, the first question is wrong! They say the correct answer is C but it is not. They have depicted the orbit of the Earth around the sun as circular, but it is not: it's eliptical.

Whoa! This has got to be a joke - with the "old lady covers the moon" thing! Or it's simple insanity.

As I was in college and high school, I am still lacking in knowledge of Physics, although I will admit, this is quite different from the stuff I learned way back then in the 1970's.

As I was in college and high school, I am still lacking in knowledge of Physics, although I will admit, this is quite different from the stuff I learned way back then in the 1970's.

According to Jim Sinclair, JCQ director, "It is not a lowering of the bar, rather a raising of the bar since candidates have to engage with and positively respond to more questions than previously."

I'm desperately trying to stop my head from exploding. Can anyone enlighten me?

According to Jim Sinclair, JCQ director, "It is not a lowering of the bar, rather a raising of the bar since candidates have to engage with and positively respond to more questions than previously."

I'm desperately trying to stop my head from exploding. Can anyone enlighten me?

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