Yesterday in Jersey important examination results became known - the judgment of the examiners on the "A" Level work of Jersey students. Next week's results will be for GCSEs. All these examinations will affect the future lives of Jersey teenagers. Yes, it’s that serious.
Much discussion rages over the objectivity of these examinations. Are the standards demanded of students indeed higher this year than last? Are they an absolute test? Are they the best test?
Three As at "A" Level were required of the daughter of a friend of mine if she was to pursue her chosen course in the autumn. Why should her life hinge (even in part) on an objective test that did not take into account other factors that, together, would far better describe her worth?
For instance, what about truthfulness and honesty? Surely employers would value every employee with a deeply held regard for truthfulness and honesty – and an aversion to theft, in particular. And what about a strong work ethic? Or a determination to see a difficult thing finally resolved and completed?
How about, then, objective examinations in these areas?