That's awful, right? Something's going wrong with the education system- schools are failing, students must be getting thicker, or maybe more kids are taking drugs instead of working! What if teaching standards are dropping?! OR MAYBE IT'S JUST ALL A MASSIVE GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY!
No. Calm yourselves, readers. I myself have just completed my GCSEs, and yes, I was pretty happy with my results. But whilst many students feel that the marking has been too harsh this year, or the grade boundaries too high, I'd like to tell you why they're really not.
Once upon a time, when the grade boundaries were high, and the marking relatively strict- I'm mostly talking about back in Ye Olde days of O Levels- it was very difficult to get the top grade, which at that time was an A. You had to be in the top 10% or so of the country. And as a result, the students' grades were usually a very accurate representation of how smart the student was.
This epidemic of everyone getting better grades is called grade inflation and it renders qualifications absolutely worthless. Here's why: If one student gets an A/A* in Maths no longer means that the kid is a genius, because everyone else in their class also got As and A*s.
But let's get back to this year. Grades have dropped because the government is trying to make sure that the GCSE stays a respected, valuable qualification, and it's going to benefit the whole country in a much more long-term way, as our education will still be respected and at the same standard as other countries across Europe. So sorry if you didn't quite get the grades you hoped for this year- but it's all going to a very good thing in the long run!