Working hard at exams

SIR – The Last Word Were my class of `96 all dunces? , will you explain to this 60-year-old man why, when students who try so very hard to accomplish so much, and are taught by the very best teachers, are continually criticised? The bar is raised every

SIR - The Last Word 'Were my class of `96 all dunces?', will you explain to this 60-year-old man why, when students who try so very hard to accomplish so much, and are taught by the very best teachers, are continually criticised?

The bar is raised every year in education to match the needs of a very fast changing world.

These brave young people grasp this baton and run their hearts out to accomplish this tremendously high standard. It is not a competition, it is a requirement for advancing to a higher education.

Secondary education for everybody, rich and poor, was started in 1940, that's not even 100 years, and look how far we have come.

MALCOLM BURTON

Stevenage