But that sense of relief is exactly the reason why GCSEs should be abolished – because they perpetuate the idea that 16 is the gateway to adulthood.
Umm, but 16 is the gateway to adulthood. Sure, 16 year olds aren\’t the finished mature item but that can be said about 48 year old men like me. 16 is when you start to gather certain rights and liberties: to sex, work and so on.
And, if we\’re to be frank about this, if at 16 you\’re old enough to fuck then you\’re old enough to go to work and buy your own damn condoms.