Parents to join protest against England's rigorous National Curriculum Test
May 02, 2016 06:54 AM EDT
The government of England has made significant changes to the country's educational system as it now gives the National Curriculum Test to six-year-olds. This move has prompted the parents to join in the nationwide protest against the said changes.
The parents of year two students were the ones who started the campaign against letting their children join the National Curriculum Test at the mere age of six or seven. The campaign is called Let Our Kids Be Kids.
Parents have noticed that the required test has placed significant anxieties on their children and thought of the exams as too much and too soon for their children. Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, said primary pupils are being pushed to learn concepts that are way beyond their age and capability. But the government firmly believes that the test will not place their child in a stressful situation.
As reported by BBC, the new test known as SAT was made in order to assess' children's grasp of the introduced primary school national curriculum which is much harder than the previous one.
According to The Guardian, the revised curriculum which was introduced in 2015 is more demanding on subjects like English and Math. This is a part of the government's drive to add rigor. Six and eleven-year-olds need to memorize five and ten minute's tables as well as the use of fractions
The government, however, has removed the Key Stage 1 grammar, punctuation, and spelling test that were supposedly due for year two students to take by next month. According to the DfE spokesman, the standards have been raised because they are aiming for the mastery of the basics of literacy and numeracy in primary schools which have a huge impact on the students' performance at GSCE as per the Middlewich Guardian.
The spokesman added that they have already updated the Key Stage 2 that will reflect the new, harder curriculum which they think will help every child reach their maximum potential regardless of the circumstances.
The details of the protest have already been posted in social media sites and campaigners are organizing a one-day boycott in all the schools in the country. The event will also include picnics in parks, woodland trails in the forest as well as art activities.