Sunday 24 September 2017

Reforming the college-entry system is going to be very tricky

Many said it could never be done, and it certainly wasn't going to be easy task for the brave, or foolish, souls who might attempt it.

And so, the points system has survived, untouched, for 20 years, on the basis that while it may be blunt, it is transparent and fair.

Transparent, certainly, but fair has to be qualified, because the system has worked particularly well for those enjoying certain advantages: like a good memory and the ability to regurgitate information on exam day (although they, too, feel the pressure to perform), or the money for grinds for some pre-exam memory sharpening.

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