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MacOfqual??

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by gnulinux, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Ofqual is responsible for maintaining standards, improving confidence, and distributing information about qualifications and examinations in England and Northern Ireland. They have launched an inquiry into a string of errors in this summer's exam papers.

    What about Scotland?? Who are the MacOfquals?? It wouldn't be the SQA themselves would it? Does this not represent a conflict of interest? Of course it does.

    Does anyone actually believe that there has been no error in any SQA exam in any subject at any level over the last 10 years? If your read the Principal Assessors report for any subject over that period you would be led to believe that everything is perfect. Why is it that the SQA are continually allowed to get away with this?

    Any answers?
     
  2. Well we've always been so superior in everything we do when it comes to education - especially in comparison to south of the border. Who needs multiple exam boards when you can have one super efficient monopoly. Simples!
     
  3. Ha ha! You make good joke.
     
  4. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Why is the SQA not subject to independent scrutiny as with Ofqual? Is it not incredible that the Scottish examination system has had an apparently perfect record in all subjects and all levels since the fiasco. I wonder why? Is it not time that Scotland caught up with England by instituting an independent body to ensure that the examination system is open, independently quality assured and fit for purpose?

    Surely somebody can come up with a better reply than monkeymarch??? Come on???

    The reality is that many mistakes, e.g. in exam papers, have been made since the exam fiasco. Some exam markers have said privately over the years that if any teacher tries to rock the boat over anything like this that they will be targeted e.g. for moderation visits etc.
     
  5. misterroy

    misterroy New commenter

    I have rocked the boat time and again, never been targeted for moderation.
     
  6. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Really? In what way did you 'rock the boat'? Were you actually listened to? Was any kind of action taken?
     
  7. misterroy

    misterroy New commenter

    pointing out errors mostly,data book re-re-issued, did an FOI request to get the marking scheme, which did have an effect since the schemes are published on-line now.
     
  8. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Dec 2011: Yet another education scandal makes the headlines south of the border. How to choose the easiest Exam board etc. Cheating basically. Of course that could not happen here. Or could it??? Only one exam board - clearly. Accountable?? But what about the subject-based seminars held by the SQA where teachers go to 'get a better idea of standards'? Isn't this is just another way of trying to gain some kind of inside advantage for their own pupils. Not everyone can attend these 'seminars' and the 'inside tracks' gleaned are not shared with others. Who does this? Well I would hazard a guess that, in the main, it is the same people in schools who go to these seminars year in year out. You can draw your own conclusions.
     
  9. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Anybody have any concerns?? over this years (2012) exams?? Lets hear it then. What did YOU do about it?? What was the response (if any)??
     
  10. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Silence! At least south of the border they have Ofqual where questions over exam question setting, exam marking, grade boundaries etc. can be looked at by an independent body. Here, we have nothing; teachers, parents and pupils have been completely dis-empowered as far as this is concerned. The 'Leadership Class' does not want any questions to be asked about such matters, and anyone, particularly a teacher, who does 'rock the boat', will no doubt be 'dealt with'. Such is the corrupting effect of the 'Stalinist State mentality' in education. Who would vote for that??
     
  11. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Posted by 'dingerone' on another thread ...
    "You can see by responses so far that martyrdom is alive and well in Scottish schools among the teachers. The CfE is meant to help create 'responsible citizens'. How is this possible when the teachers themselves are quiet as mice when it comes to their own interests. The present situation is only bearable if you are in the martyrdom business which unfortunately too many of our teachers are. The mark of a citizen is/was the ability and right to speak. The martyrs among us are only too prepared to hide behind the defence ' We are here for the kids'. This response is only a way of avoiding using their critical faculties in order to avoid responsibilty. As teaching is now mainly a female profession, this affliction seems to affect a large number of young women teachers who want to get ahead. A quick look, however,at the teacher absentee figures or even people's own perception of their own schools will show that something is badly wrong. The health of many teachers is being and has been damaged by the present situation. The martyrs suffer in silence or wear it as a badge of pride to show their commitment to 'their' pupils. Teachers, probably quite rightly, are one of the most socialised groups in any society. What does it take to get them to speak out against all the things that threaten them and the educational system. More 'effective contributors' are required!!"
     
  12. Or maybe none of us have any concerns over this year's exams? I know I don't...
     
  13. catmother

    catmother Lead commenter

    Neither do I.
     
  14. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Well, good for you and your subject(s), but I can assure you that that is NOT the case across the board and has not been the case for MANY years!!! The whole point about this thread is that feedback from teachers re exams has been suppressed/ignored for MANY years in Scotland. Those teachers who are closely involved in the exam setting/marking system KNOW this and yet SAY NOTHING. This has got to stop or be stopped!! Hence the need for a MacOfqual.
     
  15. catmother

    catmother Lead commenter

    I am very sorry about this. It must be very difficult for you and your pupils.
     
  16. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Er.. Why should you be sorry?? But there again ... you're clearly NOT. Unless ... maybe you are the SQA. But then ... they don't do sorry. That is the whole point!!
     
  17. catmother

    catmother Lead commenter

    ??????
     
  18. Hmm, you don't sound unhinged at all, gnulinux...
     
  19. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    To you also: See 'dingerone' insightful comments ... "One should be clear, however, that any betterment or improvement will only come about through a struggle. Being a highly socialised group many will find this difficult. However, as Gandhi said 'First, they will ignore you, then they will ridicule you, then they will fight you and then you win!' From your own experience, you know how widespread this approach is in everyday life. In fact, look at this forum!! Most cave in at the ridicule stage. Serious and effective people with a just and serious cause do not cave in so easily." Ridicule stage???

    Now that we have got that out of the way how about making some nice grown-up comments on the need for a MacOfqual??
     
  20. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Anybody read this ...
    https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6296471
     

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