School Takes Down Gallery Of Test Failures
March 8, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ABINGDON, England (UPI) — A British high school said posting the photos of students who failed a practice version of an academic qualification test was a “misguided” measure.
Chris Harris, head teacher at the Larkmead School of Abingdon, England, said posting the gallery of about 30 11th grade students who failed their mock General Certificate of Secondary Education exams was a “misguided” and “counter-productive” measure by the school, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
Harris said the “Year 11 Target Board” was taken down after complaints from parents and students.
“It was done out of a desire to support and help them, not a desire to humiliate,” Harris said.
However, one mother who asked not to be named said her 15-year-old daughter had been “humiliated” by her picture being posted on the wall and was afraid to return to school.
“This could be seen as bullying people to get higher grades. The school should be ashamed,” she said.