Parliamentarians in the United Kingdom recently took an exam and scored lower than average 10-year-olds, a report said.
The Big SATs Sit-In this year was held in Westminster, UK (Photo: Twitter |@MoreThanScore)
By India Today Web Desk: British MPs and peers tasked with completing Maths and English exams have scored lower on average compared to 10-year-olds. The test, invigilated by 11-year-olds, at an event in London was attended by MPs, including Commons education select committee chair Robin Walker, the Guardian reported.
The event was organised by More Than A Score, a campaign that advocates for the scrapping of unnecessary tests.
Only 44 per cent of the cross-party group of lawmakers achieved the expected standard in Maths, and just 50 per cent achieved the expected standard in spelling, punctuation, and grammar, the report said.
Across the UK, 59 per cent of children aged 10 and 11 reached the expected standard in the SATs tests of Maths, reading, and writing this year, indicating that the MPs fared much worse than the 10-year-olds.
While the campaign may not have successfully convinced MPs to scrap the tests altogether, it did make them acknowledge the pressure children face. Robin Walker acknowledged the need to reform exams for 10 to 11-year-olds.
“It was quite a hard test, and we need to acknowledge what will actually be useful for the future. We’re not educating young people to pass tests. We should want to give them a love of learning,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.