Perfect, just perfect

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Teenagers will lose up to fiver percent of their marks for failing to maintain high standards of written english

Perhaps the Australian schools should do the same?

Shows how out of touch I am though: I hadn\’t realised that the examination system was so dumbed down that proficiency in language wasn\’t marked in the first place.

4 thoughts on “Perfect, just perfect”

  1. Teenagers will lose up to fiver percent of their marks for failing to maintain high standards of written english English.

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  2. Also applies for some undergraduates. An ex-wife was teaching in Anglia Ruskin whateveritis in Cambridge and was not allowed to correct grammar or spelling, both of which were frequently so bad it was hard to see the intended meaning of sentences. The course? Natural history broadcasting for students already doing degrees related to journalism.

  3. When I was marking stuff at university level, I used to savagely dock people for poor spelling and grammar. The subject? Electronic Engineering. Clarity and correctness, it can be argued, are even more important in science and engineering than the fluffy disciplines. I never got called out for it.

  4. Not sure how it is now, but when I was taking GCSE and A levels a certain number of marks were awarded for “Quality of Written Communication” in long-answer questions. So marks could be gained through proper use of English; the distinction here is that marks will now be lost, penalising improper use of English.

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