THE editorial article (The Journal says ... September 21) must have struck a chord with readers who can remember when pupils left secondary schools able to read, write and count with sufficient competence either to take up employment or embark upon higher education without needing additional ‘top-up’ tuition by their employers or their colleges.
Anyone who doubts that the current system needed changing is clearly in denial of the ‘dumbing down’ problems which have inflated GCSE pass-rates over the last 20 years.
It is sad that the suggestion to reintroduce a two-tier system, which worked so well, has been shelved - because not every pupil wants to pursue an academic career; many youngsters want to develop their practical and artistic skills. Such opportunities, which were available 20 or 30 years ago, have been destroyed by politicians more intent upon social engineering than sensible education and, disgracefully, using our talented young citizens as political footballs.
Bourne Road, Colsterworth