Wednesday 19 August 2020 / 6:45 PM Education / Steve Reed

Labour declares results fiasco “far from over” as crisis continues to hit pupils, parents and teachers

Labour declares results fiasco “far from over” as crisis continues to hit pupils, parents and teachers

Labour has declared the results fiasco “far from over” and set out new demands for the Government to resolve ongoing issues following its major U-turn this week.

On a visit to a school in Ilford, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary Steve Reed and Shadow Exchequer Secretary Wes Streeting met with pupils, parents and teachers to discuss the continued chaos caused by the Government’s mishandling of A-Level results.

Branding the fiasco “bigger than the Dominic Cummings scandal”, Reed and Streeting set out new demands of the Government: to give a “cast-iron guarantee” that no student will lose out on their first choice because of government incompetence, and to ensure all students have their final grades by the end of the week.

Many students who now have the grades needed for entry to their first-choice university or college still face confusion and uncertainty over places. Students in Ilford told the Labour MPs that they may have to defer their places to get into their first choice, facing the prospect of a gap year during a jobs crisis.

Labour is demanding the government guarantees students will have access to their first-choice place, so that pupils who lost out due to the algorithm are not left behind again.

The call for all students to receive their final grade by the end of the week comes after it emerged that some A-Level students are still waiting for their correct teacher assessed grades to be issued to them. Meanwhile, students on vocational courses continue to face uncertainty after the government failed to include BTecs in their U-turn on Monday.

Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, Steve Reed, said:

“It was right that the Government U-turned on Monday, but thousands of families are still having to deal with the consequences. The results fiasco is far from over.

“We need a cast iron guarantee from Ministers that no student will lose out on their first choice because of government incompetence. And they must ensure all students have their final grades by the end of the week.

“It beggars belief that students are still in limbo, with no clarity over their futures because of a mess the Government created. Families deserve better than this.”

Labour’s Shadow Exchequer Secretary, Wes Streeting, said:

“Pupils, parents and teachers here in Ilford and across the country continue to face confusion and chaos because of the Government’s incompetence.

“This has been bigger than the Dominic Cummings scandal. My email inbox has been overwhelmed with heart-breaking stories and a deep sense of anger.

“Young people here had their opportunities ripped away by an algorithm that judged them on their postcode, not their potential. They need a guarantee that they will get those opportunities back.”