Trainee Teachers fail maths and English tests

Reported in the national press last week – primary schools are facing a shortage of new teachers. But don’t these trainees have first to gain a “C” grade at GCSE? So, what is going on?
Did I say GCSE?
GCSE paper instructions – You have two hours to write your essay. Remember to take care with your grammar, punctuation and spelling.
O-level examination instructions – You have one hour to write your essay. Errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling will be penalised.
Now ask yourself why it is that Singapore has retained British style O-level examinations as the standard test for sixteen year-olds.

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