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Commenting on the publication of GCSE results in Northern Ireland, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“Congratulations to all the young people receiving their GCSE results. This cohort of students has been through nearly 18 months of huge disruption and uncertainty and they deserve to be able to celebrate today.
 
“Teachers too have faced huge challenges in drawing up centre assessed grades, not least due to the delays and failure of the minister to put in place timely contingency plans, despite the chaos which ensued over grading last summer.

“The NASUWT recognises the work that the Department of Education (DE) and CCEA have undertaken to address the issues in relation to assessment for 2022 and remain committed to working with them over the next academic year date in relation to mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the education of our young people. 

“However, serious concerns remain in some subjects. The NASUWT is concerned that no measures at all have been put in place for GCSE maths, while the units which have been omitted in a number of other subjects do not do enough to address teachers’ concerns in relation to workload. 

“DE needs to urgently revise their plans to ensure that content is reduced in all subjects and communicate these changes swiftly to young people and their teachers.

“They also need to provide details of what contingency plans will be in place in the event that exams cannot go ahead as planned, so that young people and their teachers have the best possible opportunity to plan, prepare and achieve their best.
 
“In developing all their proposals, the Minister of Education will need to ensure that the unacceptable and avoidable workload pressures teachers and school and college leaders have experienced in the last academic year are not repeated.”

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