Ogra Fianna Fáil backs SDLP motion on A-Level results chaos.
The debacle last Thursday when A-level students were left with lower grades than predicted by their teachers, left many pupils upset and teachers devalued for the efforts they made to ensure the results the pupils deserved were met writes Ben King.
The Department of Education dealing with the A-level results has dramatically questioned the trust in the ability of the professionalism of teachers.
There has been much controversy over the issue, which has resulted in worthy students being disproportionately disadvantaged because of the academic average profile of the school’s history.
Ogra Fianna fail has called on Mr Weir to address the problem and have voiced their support for SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan’s motion in Stormont for the issue to be recalled immediately by the Education Minister.
The SDLP motion received cross-party support. Mr Weir has yet to make an amendment on the A-level grading fiasco.
Ogra Fianna fail president Tom Cahil said: “We would join with Daniel McCrossan and the SDLP in calling for the Minister for Education Peter Weir to return to the Assembly to answer questions on the matter.
“It is clear that these grades have been unfairly weighted towards school’s past performance rather than each individual’s capabilities.
“And as such the decision has failed many students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.”
Northern Ogra organiser Ruari Cormican said: “Action needs to be taken similar to that in Scotland where we put the trust in our teachers to assess the grades for our students in what is clearly unprecedented times.”