Following the Government’s u-turn on exam results, after days of outrage from students, parents, teachers and politicians from across all parties, Councillor Asif Khan has issued this response:

While we are happier that GCSE students’ grades will be based on the calculated and assessed grades from their teachers as they rightfully should have been during this confusing process, the entirety of this situation could have been avoided by Gavin Williamson and the government. His apology is worthless given that the government knew this was going to happen because they’d already watched it take place in Scotland and thousands of young people’s degree choices have simply gone.

The clearing process for universities and colleges has finished for the more competitive courses and this change, whilst welcomed has not made things any easier for A-level students and is too little, too late for many pupils.

We all know that A-Level and GCSE results are published every second and third Thursday every year, pandemic or no pandemic and the government have had five months to prepare for this time since March but let young people down again.

They have had their lives turned upside down by this government over the last five days with many having to defer university places or face more uncertainty over being accepted. On top of the debt bombshell of tuition fees imposed by the Tory and Liberal Democrats will burden them for decades.

In five days, the Conservative-led government dithered, delayed, contradicted itself and finally made a U-turn on Monday. But the damage has been done to the lives of thousands of young people.

This was not a mistake but incompetence impacting a whole generation.

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