A top university has been slammed for its controversial exam posters.
In an official statement, the Association of British Universities (AUB) said it was “disappointed” with the posters, which are intended to encourage students to think critically and act on what they learn.
“We recognise that some students have already been criticised for their responses, but the posters themselves are a waste of time and resources that could be better spent teaching and supporting our students and their future careers,” the statement said.
The poster series, called The Big Ideas, was introduced in April by the Department for Education (DfE) to encourage “positive thinking and critical thinking”.
In a response to criticism, the AUB said the posters “may be helpful in encouraging students to take the test but have no place in teaching or learning”.
“While we are confident that all students will receive a fair and appropriate assessment, this is not a requirement for admission to the university,” it said.
“The Department of Education and the DfE have consistently highlighted the importance of students being able to engage with the content of their exam papers and that is why we are supporting them in taking part in the series.”
Critics have criticised the posters as being “unnecessary” and “discriminatory” and have accused the Dfa of failing to provide students with a range of options for preparation.
Last week, a survey of students at Oxford University found that 80 per cent of those who took the exam said they had not been provided with the required materials.
A total of 2,000 students took the English Literature exam at the prestigious university in the past two years, with around 1,200 receiving their scores online.
More: The AUB also called on universities across the UK to publish an “official guide” to the exam in English.
It also said the “universitys must ensure that students who take the exam receive adequate support and resources for taking the exam”.
This week, the Dfi said that students should be able to complete their exam, and that students’ “rights and privacy should be respected in all our dealings with them”.
However, the organisation has warned that the “content of the exam and its format are currently under review and should not be published”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) said its new test was not designed to be “easy” or “tough” and said it is “essential that we maintain standards of conduct”.
Last month, it said that while the “test is designed to enable students to reflect on their work, it also aims to challenge them to think about their knowledge and the challenges they are likely to face as they enter the workforce”.
A spokesperson said: “We understand that some pupils may be unsure about their ability to take part in a test.
If you are unsure about whether you are ready to take on the test or not, it is important that you do your homework.
And if you do decide to take it, make sure you do it with the support of your teacher, and get help from the guidance team.”
The spokesperson said that teachers, lecturers and staff at the university “will be available to help students as they work through the exam, including providing support to ensure that all student material is ready to be passed on to their students”.
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