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NUT: Michael Gove must not shirk his responsibilities

Commenting on the concerns of parents that some GCSE science papers may have been graded unfairly, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The new revelation that not only GCSE English but also some GCSE science exam grades may have been changed part-way through the year makes the Education Secretary’s position of ‘taking a back seat’ completely untenable.

“Michael Gove cannot be allowed to shirk his responsibilities as the country’s Education Secretary. While at one time it may have suited his political purposes to ignore the situation to add fuel to the argument that GCSEs should be replaced, that time has long since passed.  Parents, carers, pupils and schools deserve to be treated fairly.

“It is obvious that there are serious issues at the very heart of the system. There urgently needs to be an independent inquiry into this matter now and for those examinations which have been affected by political tampering to be re-graded.”

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