Michael Gove has been examined by the Education Select Committee into head teachers's claims of unfair GCSE grades.
When I sat my exams I was always advised to ensure that I answer the question asked, and to avoid providing a prepared answer that would render the answer void.
Question one put to Gove was about the fairness of the June GCSE results. He was in fact unable to answer, but did attempt to defend his decision not to make a decision, or even express an opinion about the examination grade unfairness fiasco. He explained that politicians should not interfere and undermine those that are responsible.
In opposition he had a different view and did just that and was criticised for his comments about grade inflation.
The chair of the committee, then asked Gove about Ministerial responsibilities and obligations set out in the Ministerial Code regarding the leaks by his ministerial department. Gove failed to answer and admitted that he was not familiar with the Ministerial Code.
Chair person said he was “flabbergasted”, by Gove, who had not done his homework before taking his exam.
The outcome of Michael Gove’s examination is therefore an “F” grade, even allowing for grade inflation.
Yesterday Ofqual boss Glenys Stacey defended Ofqual's role in ensuring that the grades awarded for the June exams accurately reflected the level of achievement.
Since the level of achievement is a new level of achievement, it cannot therefore be compared to any other test, and is therefore devalued and unfair.
Ms Stacey has clearly been advised about what to say, even if it comes over as staggeringly complacent, and missing the point of unfairness, and the consequences of that unfairness.