Hi My main gripe with coursework is the verification of its authenticity. I know of parents who have been overly involved in their children's coursework or have paid tutors to be so. I know that teachers collude with this due to pressure exerted on them by their superiors intent on securing good school results and a satisfactory place on the league table.
Work should be completed under controlled conditions, but often is done without any supervision. With regard to units that are completed in class, pupils/students are allowed too remediate these as many times as they wish until they are of an suitable standard for external verification.
Another problem is that teachers can find it difficult to assess pupils objectively, adopting instead a halo and horns method of assessment. Those who put in the effort pass whilst those who don t fail. It s also difficult for some teachers to separate their nurturing role from their role assessor.
I therefore believe that all assessments must be completed under exam conditions and marked externally to ensure their validity.
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