‘None of this is simple!’ Schools minister explodes at BBC host in fiery exam results row

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Students expecting their BTEC results have been left disappointed after a last minute decision to delay the release. At the same time, more than half a million students will receive GCSE results based on centre-assessed grades, not an algorithm following the Government’s U-turn. Schools minister Nick Gibb was grilled about the contrast in approaches by BBC Breakfast host Charlie Stayt.

Mr Gibb defended the move: “Pearson felt it would be unfair not to apply a similar uplift to vocational qualifications that were done to GCSEs.

“It’s a decision that I totally understand, it is important to make sure young people have a fair chance.

“None of this is simple, Charlie. This is all as a consequence of the pandemic as we had to cancel exams back in March.

“We had to have a system that enabled young people to get their qualifications notwithstanding the fact that they weren’t taking the exams. It’s not easy.”

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