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A-stage success: Ofqual ‘reviewing’ exam appeals assistance



A-level results: Ofqual 'reviewing' exam appeals guidance

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Examinations regulator Ofqual is reviewing its assistance revealed on Saturday on how to appeal from A-amount and GCSE grades using mock test success.

It arrives just several hours following Ofqual spelled out what constitutes a “legitimate” mock exam for pupils desirable versus A-amount success in England.

The regulator has now suspended that conditions, and additional info will be released “in owing course”.

Pretty much 40% of A-stage grades have been marked down from teachers’ predictions.

Neither A-level nor GCSE students ended up ready to sit general public exams this yr simply because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ofqual said before on Saturday that, where by a prepared mock test was not taken, it would take into consideration other trainer assessments rather.

Having said that, a statement revealed late on Saturday night time on the regulator’s web page browse: “Earlier today we released data about mock test effects in appeals.

“This plan is remaining reviewed by the Ofqual Board and additional information will be revealed in owing program.”

According to BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake, the Office for Instruction appeared to be unaware of the change and the evaluate of the criteria is possible to attract further criticism of the government’s handling of the exams procedure in England.

The requirements under which it would acknowledge a “legitimate mock evaluation” was stipulated previously as:

  • Supervised, unseen and carried out in ailments intended to safe the work as the student’s very own
  • Both earlier assessments made by the pertinent examination board, or assessments developed by academics
  • Taken below timed circumstances
  • Concluded just before 20 March 2020, when colleges and colleges were being closed
  • Marked making use of a mark plan offered by the applicable examination board
  • Graded in line with the examination board’s assessment typical

In advance of results have been unveiled, the Department for Education introduced a “triple-lock”, which meant that college students could use the optimum final result out of their teacher’s predicted quality, their mock test or sitting down the precise exam in the autumn.

Even so, Labour complained that, underneath the Ofqual requirements, some learners would not be equipped to use their mock outcomes as the basis for an attraction if the assessment did not meet up with the standards.

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Shadow education secretary Kate Green stated: “Gavin Williamson promised to give pupils a triple lock, but alternatively he remaining a lot of devastated by unfair exam final results, and now his commitment to give them another likelihood is promptly unravelling.”

She included: “Obtaining promised that college students will be ready to use a valid mock result, the reality is that many will not obtain these grades even if they depict a student’s best result.

“The latest chaos is the inevitable consequence of this government’s shambolic approach to tests, which noticed options dreamt up on the again of a cigarette packet and announced barely a working day ahead of young men and women acquired their outcomes.”

The governing administration is going through mounting criticism around its dealing with of A-stage effects, with thousands of college students left devastated.

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Media captionNina Bunting-Mitcham: “My 1st believed was, my lifetime is fully in excess of”

1 pupil rejected by her picked out college right after she was downgraded advised Universities Minister Nick Gibb, “you have ruined my lifetime”.

The government declared on Friday that educational institutions will not have to spend to attractiveness in opposition to examination grades.

But the policy was criticised by the Liberal Democrats, with Layla Moran, the party’s education spokeswoman, declaring it was “cold consolation” for pupils, including the go “really should never have been needed”.

It follows fears that the fees, which can get to up to £150, could halt colleges from having on tougher to confirm cases.

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From Small Screens to Political Environments – O Presente



From Small Screens to Political Environments – O Presente

Journalist Alan Medeiros left television after ten years to become the state’s preliminary candidate for citizenship.

After passing through Taroba and China, the journalist from Cascavel, Alan Medeiros, decided to leave his profession at least for a while to devote himself to politics. He nominated the name as a preliminary state candidate for citizenship.

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During a visit to Jornal O Presente, the professional explained why he decided to immediately take on a larger project, such as a dispute in the Legislative Assembly, instead of starting in this environment, for example, as a candidate for councilor.

Medeiros also explained the reasons behind his nomination and praised his state and national political stance. Verify.

O Presente (OP): You are a journalist and now a candidate for deputy. Why did you make such a decision?
Alan Medeiros (AM):
I started journalism in 2008 when I was still a student. It’s been almost 14 years in journalism and 10 in TV where I spent time in Tarobá and RPC. I put three pillars in this dispute. First, the need for an update, which we need in the current scenario. The politicians that are there today, in my opinion, left much to be desired on issues such as the situation with toll roads for our region, for example, in addition to other issues related to education and health. The second point is that I worked with the Legislative Assembly from 2014 to 2016 and I know how it all happens, how strings are tied to pass a bill, how every political game should be appealed. And the third pillar is my career as a journalist. As I said, I have been working in communications for 14 years and have been a reporter in a print newspaper, I have worked in television and for the last five years I have been in China, which has a lot of coverage. As journalists, we have this bias towards the population. We listen to problems, give voice to the community, and demand solutions, from the simplest to the most complex. Today it happens that many politicians are present in cities only during elections, either every two years or, when they are actually elected, every four years. The idea is to make the mandate live, to translate this “policy” that people don’t know, so they can start following the votes. Transparency, participation in the mandate, listening to people so that they also participate in decision-making.

O.P.: Does the one who is in the Legislative Assembly manage to act differently, or does he end up sticking to the system?
This is achieved. Many people say that when they are not there it is one thing, but when they come it is another. As a reporter, many people said that the charge had already been brought against the Public Authority, and it had no effect, there was no solution. But when a journalist makes a report and there are results, we are happy. This is achieved through good ideas and bringing what is happening in the Assembly to public opinion. Make this transparent. If I do not have support in order to take a firm stand on some issues, I will play on public opinion and name people. I want to get there with clean hands and without obligation. This is an articulation, a political game, a persuasion, as a journalist I go for facts and figures to analyze the moments. I can be the backbone or the opposition to the government, but I will vote for what is best for the people of Paranana.

O.P.: Why did you decide to run yourself as a pre-state candidate, which is a bigger project, and not start your political life by contesting the election, for example, as a candidate for councillors?
Television generates this projection outside of the place. I was accompanied by an audience, every day and live, not only from Cascavel, but also from the West. And, moreover, in the North-West region, where I worked, for example, in Umuaram, Chianort and Paranavai. So these two regions will be my main areas of activity. It’s not that the deputy will not act in other cities, but where he was born, this activity is more pronounced in him. I will be present here more than, for example, in Londrina, Maringa, Campo Murao. To do this, we need to make collective construction and a representative mandate. I could have been a candidate for councilor in the 2014 election, but now is the time and the opportunity. I retired from television after five years in the PRC to be accessible and to make people remember that this was the reporter who accompanied us, from a pothole in the street to a denunciation at Gaeco (Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime). He understands our daily life and our reality, not only in Cascavel, but in the region as a whole. Hence the term of the state deputy.

OP: Cidadania has formed a federation with the PSDB. However, in the state, his party is in alliance with Governor Ratinho Júnior (SDP). Who are you going to support in the campaign?
I work with César Silvestri Filho (PSDB) and I have no problem saying that. I disagree with some of the things the state government has done or not done in recent years, especially in our region. Speaking of Cascavel and the region, there are works that have not been carried out. The execution of Trevo Cataratas is a major bottleneck in the West, but it is carried out with the funds of a leniency agreement. There was no support in this matter from the state government, as in other works. The West was fined, including for delaying work. I do not agree with some issues, such as education, distance technical education. I find it intimidating. State security was also indebted in terms of investment. To a few questions that I ask, looking at the region, I do not end today with Ratinho Junior.

OP: Is Cidadania open to supporting another pre-candidate?
Citizenship is the foundation of a governor, and I must respect it. I joined the party because last year I saw that it had three deputies: Cristina Silvestri for Guarapuava, Douglas Fabricio for Campo Murao and Tersilio Turini for Londrina. I realized that this gap was in the West, Southwest and even in the Northwest, so that it would grow. If I had joined another party, also from the center, because I am not from the extreme right, much less from the left in the center, and I already had representatives, I would be another one in the line for bread. That’s why I chose Cidadania, because it’s a centrist party and because I have the opportunity to be known in the region. In fact, as soon as I entered, I brought a proposal, and I was nominated as a candidate for state deputies. As for the issue of the party being in the government, this discussion was held last year, and we must respect it. I’m not saying the government is bad, just that there is room for improvement and greater representation of the region. And at the same time, a federation was created between Cidadania and PSDB, which has a cascading effect. Therefore, I cannot say that I am betraying the party, because Sidadaniya is part of this federation. These are political things.

OP: On a bilateral issue, do you agree with Federal MP Rubens Bueno (citizenship)?
Yeah. The party has a problem of parting ways with those from Cidadania, and after all, if it has parted ways with PSDB, they still need to tune in. This should be visible in advance when the application entry is released.

OP: On the national stage, do you support the name chosen by the third way for the presidential race, which belongs to Senator Simone Tebet (MDB-MS)?
What. Cidadania and PSDB have entered into a possible future coalition with MDB. The name Simone Tebet makes me happy, firstly, because she is an active senator, as we saw in the CPI Covid-19. She is from Mato Grosso do Sul, has history and is prepared. The state is extremely agricultural and tends to have many more right-wing votes. And she, by presenting herself as a candidate for the center in a state close to us, neighboring Parana, will gain a lot from us. She is a woman ready to go out and build something better for the country. The poll shows today that Simona Tebet is still creeping in numbers, but we know she has a long way to go and that could change once the campaign starts.

OP: In a region where President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) dominates some of the electorate, does it bother you that you support another name?
I tell the region and the voters of Bolsonaro that I do not vote for Lulu (PT). So I’m not with Bolsonaro, but I’m not with Lula either. I’m looking for another way, because I don’t want what was from the past to return, and I also can’t agree with inflation as such; I cannot agree with the actions of the federal government in the face of the pandemic and when it delayed the purchase of vaccines; I cannot accept that the government changes the President of Petrobras and does not look at the board of directors, which consists mainly of members appointed by the government itself, and cannot change the fuel price policy. This has immediate consequences in everyone’s life. By playing with the price of fuel, this directly affects those who have a car but also depend on public transport. Therefore, I do not agree with some of the positions and economic measures of the federal government, as well as the attitude to religion as a flag and forgetting what needs to be discussed.

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The political class has shut up over the latest blow to institutions by this government



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Since taking office as president, Jair Bolsonaro has worked to undermine the credibility of Brazilian institutions. His attention was never directed to economic reforms of a liberal nature, or even to the defense of a conservative program in customs. Bolsonaro rules through chaos, using it as a strategy to retain power and take over the state by small interest groups.

The focus of this column was a list of the risks of Bolsonaro precipitating institutional collapse by trying to win the election at any cost. This week’s Senate agenda served as a practical example of this, showing that Bolsonaro’s government is not alone in this pursuit. As I write, the Senate is voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would place the country on a “state of emergency” due to rising oil prices. Initially, the proposal provided for compensation to states that decided to reset the ICMS for fuel.

However, the PEC has turned into a package of state benefits, into shameless electoral populism. The project provides for the enlargement and expansion of the Auxílio Brasil, the exchange of trucks, gasoline vouchers, a subsidy for public transport and compensation for the ethanol sector. All this cost almost 40 billion reais this year. Some of these expenses may not be temporary. This is particularly risky as there have been no technical discussions on which to base these budgetary decisions. Thus, the medium-term and long-term fiscal risk increases.

Despite the high fiscal costs, the greatest damage is of an institutional nature. The amounts will be released despite the election calendar and cost containment rules dictated by the golden rule and spending ceiling. This is an irreversible damage to the system of checks and balances of the state budget, already sick of speaker expenses and the like.

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There are doubts about the constitutionality of the PEC. Unfortunately, this was not enough for senators, even from the opposition, to oppose the proposal. It is because of this political convenience that we see our institutions weaken more and more. A rule governing political behavior is useless if social agents band together to weaken the system of checks and balances they have created.

Bolsonarist’s project to damage Brazilian institutions now enjoys the support of almost the entire political class, which conveniently remains silent about the latest blow to institutions by this government.


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‘People’s Ambassador’ Candidates React to Datena’s Departure



'People's Ambassador' Candidates React to Datena's Departure

The announcement of the departure of host José Luis Datena (PSC) from the presidential race in which he will run for the Senate from the state of São Paulo resonated in the political world among both allies and the opposition.

Datena received praise from Marcio França (PSB), the pre-candidate for the São Paulo government, who called him the “ambassador of the people”. Tarcisio de Freitas (Republicans), who is also a candidate for the São Paulo government and a former minister of Bolsonaro, said he “regrets this decision, but respects the path taken.”

A few hours before the announcement of the resignation of the President Jair Bolsonaro he said he was done with Datena. The idea would be to collect a ticket with the host running for the Senate, Tarcisio for the state government and Bolsonaro for president. “I continue to count on your support as the excellent communicator that you are. We are now starting a conversation with good names to come up with a plan that will strengthen our project for São Paulo,” Freitas said in a statement.

As revealed by UOL columnist Kennedy Alencar, after Datena’s departure, Marcio France should run for the Senate and support PT in the race for Palacio dos Bandeirantes.. On Twitter, Frans turned to the host for help.

MP Bia Kichis (LP) shared an image of host Bolsonaro’s acceptance speech that featured a sentence saying the alliance didn’t work, but not because of the president.

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the opposition is celebrating

On the other hand, opposition politicians were delighted with Datena’s withdrawal from the race for the Senate. Orlando Silva (PCdoB) described the departure as “the most popular body contouring in Brazilian politics”. This is the fourth time an MC has thrown his name to someone for a position and given up.

São Paulo Councilor Erica Hilton and Federal MP Ivan Valente, both from PSOL, also commented on the matter. Erika said she was relieved and said that Datena “turns violence into spectacle” and now wants to “turn politics into violence”.

Valente recalled that in the morning Bolsonaro had the support of the TV presenter. In his opinion, Datena “chose not to go down with the captain”.

Party president Juliano Medeiros celebrated the departure and said that now “São Paulo’s chances of electing a senator or a leftist senator will help defeat Bolsonaro’s program and elect Lula president.”

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