Vancouver Sun, Tue Dec 11 2012
By: Peter Hill
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Peter Hill, a Vancouver English teacher, writes about a UBC admissions decision to use only government exam marks if there is more than a 20-point difference between the high school English mark given by the teacher and the government exam mark.
“One reason is that the university doesn’t always know where the marks come from. … The universities have no way of knowing whether the student has earned, or shopped, for their grade.”
As UBC English professor Stephan Guy-Bray recently put it, “Anyone marking first-year English notices that a lot of students just aren’t up to it. They’ve managed to get into university without basic English skills.”