I’m concerned. I’m concerned because young people taking your exams are killing themselves with stress and worry. I’m concerned because today my cousin sent me a video on snapchat in tears because she had tried her hardest and studied as hard as she could for her history mocks and had gotten one of the lowest scores in her class. She had done her best and had studied as hard as she could and she felt as if nothing she had done was good enough. She didn’t know what to do.
Mental health illnesses are rising in school children. Young people are developing anxiety and depression younger and younger and I don’t think your exams are helping. You think that the previous GCSEs were too easy but did you sit them? Did you spend months studying and pulling your hair out over something coupd make or breal your future. They are told that GCSEs are the most important things that they will take and that you won’t get a job or anything without them. That kind of pressure doesn’t help children learn. What about teaching them things they will need in the future. Learning about taxes or how to look after themselves or even self-love because young people are finding it harder to do these things and this society puts so much pressure on them and call them lazy all the time.
Please, think about the children who are taking these exams. Please don’t keep creating these exams without thinking about what’s going on in the childrens heads and the pressure they may be feeling.
A concerned cousin and Auntie.