So, a few weeks back it was mock exam week, our last chance to see where we are at before we sit the real exams so we know what areas of the subject we need to work on for the real exam.
The first mock exam we sat was English Literature, I felt so happy after that exam because I thought I did so well, I was spurting out all my ideas talking to my friends about the questions - like you do after the exams. All the questions I wanted to come up, came up and I even finished the exam early, I wrote about 8 pages!
So what result did I get? Zero marks. Not because my exam was bad, I got up early to revise for that exam, I revised so much for that exam. As far as I know, I got 0 marks because brace yourselves for this...
The school lost half of the class' exams!
The exam papers were ordered in alphabetical order of the students' last name. Anybody who's last name began with K to Z, their exam paper was lost. Unfortunately, I fall under that category. Apparently from the papers got lost either from the exam hall or the English classroom, it doesn't make sense. It's just our class' papers as well, no other class.
There is no explanation to why or how our exam papers went missing, and we don't really know who is responsible- we can only assume.
And guess what?
We've got about a month until our literature exam. And we don't even have a clear indication of where we are at, because our exam papers are lost!
We sat in that hall 2 hours and 15 minutes doing our exam, don't you think the least we deserve is a grade for that exam?
Last time we did a literature exam I got a grade 8 (A+) and because it is unfair to not give us a grade, they've decided to give us our predicted grades and my predicted grade is a 5 (C) so it's going to look like I dropped drastically. And I don't even know if I did drop or if I progressed even further because I haven't gotten my paper back!
It's fair to say most of us who lost our papers were annoyed. We are shouting, swearing why wouldn't we? We work so hard on an exam, we put the work in and get nothing in return? That's not how it should be.
Plus I think most of us are sick to death of how the school has been messing is around like this especially in English let me tell you my time studying English at my school:
Year 7: The first year of British secondary school. To start with, we were all out in mixed ability groups, and I had a teacher. Once we'd taken the tests and been put into classes based on our ability I was put in the top class- and guess what? We didn't have a teacher. No, that's not a typo, we didn't have a teacher. And that went on for the majority of the school year, we just had supply teachers and cover work, which nobody really learned anything because there was nobody who could explain it to us properly. Then towards the end of the year we got a teacher and she was good, but then at the end of the year, she left to go live in Cyprus.
Year 8 - We had one teacher. Then he left so we got another. And then we got another one. But he didn't teach us full time, so we had various teachers in year 8, sometimes supply teachers- it wasn't really stable.
Year 9 - That was one of the better years, for English anyway. We switched a few teachers here and there but overall had less supply teachers.
Year 10 - That was the best year for English. Our teacher was always here, he was a good teacher, he did make the lessons fun and I actually got a high grade at the end of last year in English.
Year 11 - The year I'm currently in. The year we sit out final exams. And guess what happened? We were supposed to have the same teacher as last year, BUT he was one of five English teachers who went missing from the school, not actually missing, but we didn't know where they were and weren't allowed to know why.
So we got supply teachers for a few weeks. Then we got this teacher, and she didn't really teach us much. And she gave us a test, and I along with other students did ask:
"Will this test have an impact on our grade?"
"Will the result of this test be going on the system?"
Her answer was no, and that it was just for her to see where were at.
Turns out, it was recorded on the system, it had a colossal impact on our grade, and it changed our classes.
Then she left.
Luckily I got a good grade on that test so I didn't move down.
We now have a good teacher, (that's more than set 2 who now don't have a teacher and only have supply teachers) she's taught us well but our exam papers are missing which just isn't fair on us.
It is so demoralizing.
We get told put the work in and you'll get those top grades you deserve. We put the work in and we can't even have our exam papers back.
Not only that, but most of the student's exercise books have gone missing too, without an explanation. I've always took mine home, and I'm glad because I still have mine. But a while years work for some people just gone with no explanation.
I hope they find the books and our exam papers, but it doesn't look like they will.
it just makes me think- what if they do that with our actual exams? The real ones where the results we get will stay with us for the rest of our lives? I'd have a mental break down for starters.
Thank you for reading this. If you wonder why I'm writing about this, it's because I'm angry, and that's actually an understatement. I've ranted about it in class, at home, in my head, and now on here and I'm still angry. Writing helps me calm down, and it has been good for me, blowing off some steam like this, but I'm still angry. It really hasn't been my week this week.😠