A wave of anger is visible among parents whose children are protesting against the toughening SATs examination, leaving them stressed and under fear all the time.
The parents expressed that the SATs testing system is bringing the children into a state of anxiety out of their fear of being tagged as failures at an early age of six. They have unveiled their plans to take their children out of school on Monday and commence a “kids’ strike.” This is a protest against the rising difficulty level of the examination and a pressure to let the ministers soften the new reading and Mathematics exams scheduled on Wednesday.
Emily Campbell, a mother of a six-year-old boy studying at Cheltenham’s Christ Church school, said that she realised the children were being made to overwork at schools to rank high at SATs. “My son will take his SATs next year and if I felt he was being overworked I would definitely consider taking him out of school for the day,” she said as quoted by Gloucester Echo.
“A more holistic approach is needed when measuring a school’s standards. I think an inspection similar to what we have currently with OFSTED would be better suited as this could look at how geared lessons are for children and how engaged they are.”
Mirror UK reported that a petition for the protest against the SATs system has been supported by over 30,000 people. Let Our Kids Be Kids campaigners wrote a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, warning the SATs examiners of creating tests that are beyond the capabilities of six or seven-year-old children. “It is time for us to speak. We’re not convinced you’ll listen to words so, to make it very clear how strongly we feel, we are also planning a day of action with a kids’ strike on May 3,” the letter said.
The Education Department, on the other hand, stated that the tests are taken to identify the fields where teachers need to give special care to the kids. This way, the schools ensure kids passing out with the “basics of literacy and numeracy.”