Worthless qualifications in “soft subjects” such as media studies are fooling low-income British students into thinking they’re prepared for higher education and good careers, a Harrow headmaster tells The Guardian.
State schools risk producing students like “those girls in the first round of the X Factor” who tell the judges they want to be the next Britney Spears but cannot sing a note, Barnaby Lenon said.
Bright children from poor backgrounds are being short-changed by those who lead them to believe that “high grades in soft subjects” and going to “any old university to read any subject” were the route to prosperity, he told a conference of leading private and state school headteachers.
Michael Gove, the shadow (Tory) education secretary, said state schools encourage students to take media studies because it inflates the pass rate, making the school look better.
“More children who were eligible for free school meals sat GCSEs in media studies than in physics, chemistry and biology combined,” Gove said.
“The Tories are planning a return to more academically driven schooling, including setting by ability and traditional subject-based classes, if elected this year,” reports The Guardian.