Petitions against new GCSE exams attract tens of thousands of signatures

Exams should not test a student's memory for formulas or quotes, critics argue.


Two petitions against this year's reformed GCSEs have attracted more than 130,000 signatures. 


One petition, which already has more than 71,000 signatures, has called for GCSE students to be allowed a formula sheet in their maths exams. 


And the second petition, which has attracted more than 60,000 signatures, says the government should authorise open book examinations for the English Literature GCSE.


Both petitions say that GCSE students should not be expected to memorise formulas and quotes during their exams this year.   


This summer will be the first time that students sit the tougher GCSEs in English and maths - which will be graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G.


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