Tony Lloyd MP says ‘students deserve better’ and demands government re-think on exams fiasco

Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, is calling on the government to re-think it’s flawed system which saw A-level results downgraded in yesterday’s exams fiasco.

Tony Lloyd said, “Rochdale Sixth Form College is an excellent college, but its institutions like this nationwide which have been disadvantaged.

“I’ve raised this with the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, who recently complimented Rochdale Sixth Form College on the work they were doing.

“It is ironic that students should suffer from the downgrading of their results given that he recognised the College as ‘a college of worth’.

“This fiasco will have a significant impact on our young people, who face losing places in Higher and Further Education.

“Pupils, parents and teachers are rightly angry and upset at what is a huge injustice, and the government must do the right thing by looking at the return of teacher assessments as the best option available.”

Demanding action in “days, not weeks”, Labour also called today for an urgent technical review of the standardisation process ahead of GCSE results next week. This echoes calls made on Thursday by the Association of Colleges who warned the process “may have been biased.”

Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said “Across the last twenty-four hours we have heard heartbreaking stories and the scale of the injustice caused by the fatally flawed results system has become clear.

“The unprecedented and chaotic circumstances created by the UK government’s mishandling of education during recent months mean that a return to teacher assessments is now the best option available. No young person should be at a detriment due to government incompetence.

“Time is running out. We need action in days, not weeks. That also means an urgent technical review of the standardisation model ahead of GCSE results next week. We need to end this fiasco.”