Students who completed their A-levels this year, faced uncertainty about their grades, with over 40 percent of students seeing their grades revised.
The revision caused controversy across the UK, with teachers and students protesting the results of the exam and the government being put to task to explain how an algorithm could determine what a student should get in class.
Revision of A-levels criteria
However, this week there seemed to be a relief after the government and exam regulators indicated that they had done away with the system and the students would be receiving the grades that their teachers had granted them.
Although this was supposed to offer a reprieve to those students who had been affected by the revisions, it also created a huge problem for students who had seen their university places rescinded. The question was whether the opportunities they had been accorded with their previous grades would still count.
Joy and frustration for students
Some students such as Leah Glenday were still able to get to their preferred applied schools. According to the Guardian, Leah said that she had been called to study at Girton College, Cambridge, thus becoming the first student in her school to be admitted to Cambridge University. She also could not believe what she had read, and expressed joy about the acceptance to the university.
However, other students such as Nina Bunting-Mitcham, who had scored DDD under the ditched algorithmic produced results, said her grades had been reversed back and she had been invited to study veterinary medicine. However, it remained unclear when she would be expected to report to school. She admitted that the week had been a bag of mixed emotions from frustrations with the A-levels results to reprieve of being invited to a school.
Schools such as the University of Oxford have already indicated that students who had repealed will have to defer for at least one academic year. In a statement, they had indicated that it was for safety reasons that they were undertaking such measures, but students would still get their places, although late.