A-level and GCSE results could be impacted as 72-hour exam board staff strike announced | UK News
The delivery of thousands of GCSE and A-level results could be impacted as workers at exam board AQA prepare for a 72-hour strike.
The walkout was announced by Unison over pay.
Members will walk out for three days from Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July – with warnings that industrial action could escalate unless talks are reopened.
This year, GCSE students will get their results on Thursday 25 August, while A-Level results will be released on Thursday 18 August.
While results can be mailed to students or available on email, most students collect their results in person.
Many of the staff involved in the strike say they are struggling to make ends meet following successive below-inflation pay awards, Unison said.
Staff were given an increase of 0.6% last year, with 3% offered this year, which Unison said is a real-terms pay cut.
Unison official Lizanne Devonport said the workers have been left with “no other option” but to strike.
GCSE and A-level examiners have been asked to be more generous this year, with advanced information released to help students with assessments.
The decision to publish details of topics that appeared was taken to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on education.