TEACHERS FORCED TO ‘CHEAT’
Teachers nationwide feel forced to “manipulate” exam results to maintain pupil pass rates
Monday April 2,2012
STRESSED teachers nationwide feel forced to “manipulate” exam results to maintain pupil pass rates, a poll suggests.
Many feel their professionalism is at stake as they struggle with increasing demands for better grades from watchdog body Ofsted, parents and politicians.
According to the survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers almost three quarters of them feel under pressure to get pupils through exams, with 63 per cent saying they endure more stress now than 10 years ago.
As a result, more after-school classes, one-to-one lessons and extra practice tests are in place to maintain top results and compete with league table expectations.
One primary teacher, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve been forced to manipulate results so that levels stay up. The head fears an Ofsted inspection if results waiver.”