Letter: UK ill served by book-learning

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The Independent Online
Sir: If more students pass in A-levels and GCSEs then standards are slipping. If fewer students pass, that definitely proves that standards are slipping. Modular tests allow students to retake as they go - thus standards are slipping. Now we hear the markers are to blame for being too lax, further proof that standards are slipping.

However the results go, bad or bad (for according to some there are never any good results) some commentators will continue to say "standards are slipping".

MICHAEL G H ROWDEN

Bath, Avon

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