These are unprecedented times for us all. The impact of the coronavirus on every aspect of our lives has been immense and continues to bring new challenges every day.
During this time, it is essential that we do all we can to look after each other, and protect the futures of our young people in particular. Yet on Thursday 13th August thousands of young people in our county, right at the start of their adult lives, were dealt an entirely unnecessary and potentially damaging blow.
Having already had the last key months of their studies disrupted by the pandemic, they now find themselves failed by the government in the issuing of their A-Level results. Grades that young people have worked diligently to achieve have been unfairly stolen from them by a flawed system put in place by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson.
It’s simply not good enough. We call upon Mr Johnson to listen to the voices of the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who demand our young people get the grades they deserve, not the grades that the government seem to think they can force upon them. Students who achieved top grades across the two years of their courses, who were given final teacher predictions that meant they could get on their chosen university course or higher level apprenticeship, cannot simply be left with broken dreams.
Aidan Van de Weyer
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Cambridgeshire County Council
Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Peterborough City Council