The United Kingdom (UK) Labour Party is looking to scrap Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, as according to party members, it is not giving the necessary services to the public.
Labour Party members have been criticizing the performance of the school watchdog for quite some time now, and this might lead to the complete eradication of the office.
Scrap Ofsted, and then what?
While the Labour Party is quick to accuse Ofsted of a lack of professionalism and useful service to the community and the educational system, the office has some very important duties, which cannot be left unattended.
The party might be looking into ways to scrap Ofsted, but it should also be looking into alternatives to replace it.
If Ofsted ceases to exist, the whole educational system in the United Kingdom will be left without anyone to monitor it closely.
Currently, Ofsted is responsible for auditing and inspecting schools all over the country. This means that the office is looking into the quality and efficacy of education in the United Kingdom.
Not only that but Ofsted is constantly releasing undercover investigations and reports about wrongdoings inside the educational system. A recent report by the office revealed that a large number of schools in the country are letting go of students right before the GCSE exam season, in order to boost their performance.
Such revelations not only help to identify wrongdoing but actually bring respect throughout the system, so fewer headmasters are tempted to turn to illegal activities to boost their schools’ scores.
Why scrap Ofsted?
According to the Labour Party, one of the main reasons why Ofsted needs to be replaced or even removed is school grading.
Labourists are convinced that the grading system Ofsted uses to rate schools is unfair to institutions in deprived areas. For them, Ofsted is basing too much of the grading process on factors that are affected by the socio-economic status of pupils attending the schools, which puts institutions in deprived areas in an unfavorable spot.