The former Education Secretary told the BBC’s Today Programme that the UK Government will be putting in place alternative measures to GCSE and A-Level exams. Michael Gove admitted that these measures will effect his own children who were due to sit the examinations this year. 

Mr Gove was asked if GCSE and A-Level exams are cancelled by the BBC’s Nick Robinson.

He continued: “My own daughter is due to sit A-levels this year, my son due to sit GCSEs – I know how hard students across the country between Years 11 and 13 have been working.

“We will be putting in place alternative arrangements in order to make sure that the hard work that students have put in to acquire knowledge and develop their skills is appropriately assessed, recognised and awarded.”

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The Conservative MP added: “One of the things about assessment is that it necessarily involves those students doing particular tasks which teachers will assess. Whether or not they are moderated in a particular fashion by particular awarding bodies or others is a delicate process.”

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Gove said: “It takes some time after the vaccination for people to get full immunity.

“We will keep these constantly under review but we can’t predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions on the week commencing February 15.

“What we will be doing is everything we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated so we can begin progressively to lift restrictions.

“I think it’s right to say as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions but not necessarily all.”

On Monday evening, Boris Johnson stated the new variant of coronavirus, which is up to 70 percent more transmissible, was spreading in a “frustrating and alarming” manner and warned that the number of Covid-19 patients in English hospitals is 40 percent higher than the first peak.

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He said: “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic.

“The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but I really do believe that we’re entering the last phase of the struggle, because with every jab that goes into our arms we’re tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.”

Mr Johnson stated that people in the top four priority groups would receive a first vaccine dose by mid-February “if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails”.

It is thought that measures are unlikely to be relaxed until around 13 million people aged over 70 or classed as extremely clinically vulnerable have received the vaccine and been given enough time to be protected.

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