Letter: Pupils trained to jump through A-level hoops

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The Independent Online
Sir: I noted your front page photograph (15 August) of young men celebrating A-level passes with some amusement, having read Mrs Cooper's letter (12 August) calling for such photographs.

However, you say concern is growing about the decline in young men's educational achievement. I would have thought that one of the reasons was obvious - so many of the main sporting fixtures occur at the crucial revision period just before exams, or during the exams themselves.

And next year we have the World Cup to look forward to as well. We make exam preparation as difficult as we can for boys.