Students left in ‘limbo’ after WJEC review into English marking

Teachers and pupils affected by the GCSE grading controversy in Wales have been left in “limbo” after a WJEC review found generally papers were marked correctly.

WJEC exam board’s internal review says the marking scheme had been applied consistently and, on the whole, examiners had marked question papers correctly. It found only one case where marking was “slightly inconsistent” and has agreed to remark 318 papers from six centres.

The review was carried out after hundreds of teachers had expressed their shock at the number of pupils who failed to achieve their predicted grades in the January exams which were sat by around 22,500 pupils.

NUT Cymru now wants answers from the Welsh government which is currently conducting a “rapid review”.

Owen Hathway, NUT Wales policy officer, said: “It is positive that the inconsistencies in some of the marking have been identified and that the WJEC has given a commitment to address those particular concerns.

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