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System is letting students down

I WAS dismayed by the front-page headline and the article which accompanied the A-level ranking of schools.

What about the children who are being failed by the schools, which cast them aside in order to ensure high-ranking scores?

Children are being refused the opportunity to return to school after GCSE to sit A-levels if there is a possibility that it will damage ranking scores.

Children are being directed away from more academic subjects towards 'easier' options to boost results.

Schools are not permitting children to study for and sit examinations in the subjects of their choice, where there is a danger that the eventual results may reduce their school's average.

All our schools are suffering with having to teach to examination marking criteria, rather than educating their pupils, who are under extreme pressure.

JOHN CHAMBERS

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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