Coronavirus forces summer exams to be cancelled

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SUMMER exams have been cancelled in England, Scotland and Wales due to the universal pandemic, Coronavirus.

The virus which originates in Wuhan, China, has swept across the nation affecting millions of people, becoming the biggest pandemic since 1918.

As a result, modern-day life has come to a necessary halt, affecting how those on their last years of education will sit their final exams and how they’ll say goodbye to their beloved classmates after years in the educational system.

Year 11 student, Maddie Hathorn, who was set to sit her GCSE’s at Waltham Abbey’s- King Harold Academy, this summer said: “This has been the most surreal last few weeks. To begin with I was ecstatic my exams were cancelled, me and my friends would always come up with scenarios on what could possibly happen for us not to sit them, but we could have never predicted this.

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Student Maddie Hathorn on her last day of year 11.

“The weirdest moment was going into an average school day to be told this is the last time we would be coming back and I just couldn’t help but feel my final few months of school have been cut short.”

Cancelling exams are just one of the drastic measures Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had to impose after looking at the devastation in countries like China and Italy. Other measures such as lockdown, quarantine and social distancing have also had to become part of our routine in order to prevent the virus from overpowering the country which could have major impacts on the NHS.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said to the BBC: “Cancelling exams is something no Education Secretary would ever want to do; however, these are extraordinary times and this measure is a vital but unprecedented step in the country’s efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

“My priority now is to ensure no young person faces a barrier when it comes to moving onto the next stage of their lives – whether that’s further or higher education, an apprenticeship or a job.”

Mr Williamson concluded: “I have asked exam boards to work closely with the teachers who know their pupils best to ensure their hard work and dedication is rewarded and fairly recognized.”

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