What changes has the UK education system made since the Covid-19 outbreak?
What is the level of sexual harassment of students in British schools?
What are the consequences of increasing discrimination and harassment in British schools?
The owners of private schools during the Covid-19 epidemic in the UK, have caused the students of these schools to get high grades by manipulating the examination system.
Private school fraud in giving students grades
Metro wrote that since 2019, nine months before Covid-19 Quarantine began, the final exams for final year high school students have been held in the UK, and since then, in many private schools, the scores among the students of these schools has increased sharply.
Metro added: “Research by The Sunday Times reveals several independent institutions – like North London Collegiate School – at least doubled the proportion of A*s handed out to their A-level students last year compared with 2019.” At the girls’ school in Edgware, where fees can reach more than £21,000 a year, the proportion of A*s soared from 33.8% in 2019 to 90.2% last summer – the highest recorded increase.
Teacher evaluation is the criterion for giving students grades
Metro wrote that in 2021 when teachers were supposed to present their assessment as students’ grades instead of exam scores, 39.5% of private school students received A*s degree, which in 2019 A*s, was 16.1 per cent.
Robert Halfon, Tory chairman of the Education Committee, said: “Private schools should not be baking ginormous rock cakes of grade inflation into the system and manipulating the system so that these teenagers can go to some of the top universities.” He called on the education secretary and the independent exams regulator Ofqual to address the high inflation rate in private schools during the Covid-19 epidemic. According to the Metro, At Eltham College, an independent school for boys in southeast London, A*s grades rose from 29.1% to 72.2%.
More than 850 reports of sexual harassment in UK schools
A British publication reported more than 850 cases of sexual harassment in British schools to a newly established helpline. More than 850 such cases have been reported since a website called Everyone’s Invited said widespread sexism, misogyny and abuse in the UK education system. Following the website’s disclosure of discrimination and sexual harassment, a national helpline was set up in the UK to allow people to report such cases.
The Guardian reports that more than 850 sexual harassment, Racial discrimination and misogyny have been reported in British schools since the line was launched. According to the media, out of these 850 cases, 150 were so severe that they were referred to the police and other related institutions to start an investigation.
Increasing sexual harassment in British schools
The national helpline was launched in April 2021 and was scheduled to be operational by December. Still, now, with this volume of reports, its time limit has been extended, and it is possible to contact it even longer.
“This helpline has been a lifeline for hundreds of people, many of whom had previously felt unable to reach out for help and support,” said Kam Thandi, the head of the NSPCC helpline. According to the official, the helpline answered 861 calls that identified the caller and 142 calls made by a teenager or child who was abused, 85 of whom were girls and 50 were boys. Another 81 calls came from families concerned about their children. The helpline was launched after thousands of anonymous testimonies of sexual harassment in the UK education system.
Racial harassment in British schools
According to a report by a British charity, children from the age of 10 try to change their skin so that they are not racially abused. According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), these children lighten their skin with cosmetics to avoid being bullied or discriminated against at school. The study shows that racial bullying among children has increased since 2015 and 2016, reaching one in five children. Across the UK in 2017 and 2018, there were more than 10,500 crimes based on racial hatred against children, which means an average of 29 cases a day.
Increased hate crimes against children
The charity’s research shows that the number of hate crimes against children under 18 reported to the police has risen from 8,683 in 2015 and 2016 to 10,571 in 2017 and 2018. The NSPCC figures were compiled from freedom of information requests to police forces across the UK. The charity said children aged 12 to 15 were most likely affected.
The school standards minister, Baroness Barran, said the government had increased core funding to the NSPCC to £2.6m and had continued to remind schools of the importance of the relationships, sex and health education curriculum. “The NSPCC’S Reporting Abuse in the UK Education system has provided a vital service for children and adults affected by sexual abuse. That’s why I’m pleased to hear that the NSPCC has chosen to extend this service into the new year so more people can access that support.”
Official reports show that sexual, physical and online harassment of children has become so common in British schools that it has become commonplace. According to these reports, schoolgirls are verbally harassed, sexually labelled, and abused almost daily, and boys are expected to post nude pictures. Surveys by school inspectors show that students in British schools have been so harassed that they have become part of everyday life. It is also said that teachers in schools underestimate this issue.