Monday, 21 July 2008

The 'F' Word Earns Extra Exam Marks

You might think a pupil would be marked down for writing a note on their English exam telling tutors to "F**k off".

But one was rewarded with extra marks - because it was better than leaving the page blank and demonstrates "nominal skills".

The pupil was given 7.5 per cent by top marker Peter Buckroyd for leaving the expletive on his paper. And incredibly, the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) chief examiner said adding an exclamation mark would have taken the score to 11 per cent by showing proper punctuation.

Mr Buckroyd said: "It would be wicked to give it zero, it does show some very basic skills, conveying some meaning and some spelling.

"It shows more skills than somebody who leaves the page blank."

Mr Buckroyd said he even uses the example, from the 2006 GCSE paper of a pupil who was asked "Describe the room you're sitting in", when training examiners.

However, AQA, Britain's biggest GCSE examiner, distanced itself from the comments. It said: "If a script contains obscenities, examiners are instructed to contact AQA, which will advise them.

"Expletives would either be disregarded or sanctioned."

Exam boards Edexel and the Joint Council for Qualifications agreed such a case should be marked down or disqualified.

Asked about the case during Commons question time, Schools Secretary Ed Balls said the AQA had "made it clear" the use of bad language was inappropriate and should have been marked down.

But new exam regulator Ofqual appeared less concerned, saying: "It's for awarding bodies to develop their mark scheme and for their markers to award marks in line with that scheme.

But new exam regulator Ofqual appeared less concerned, saying: "It's for awarding bodies to develop their mark scheme and for their markers to award marks in line with that scheme.

Vest Say's. The odd bit of swearing is understandable as it divides the calm and collected minded people from those who have lost the plot. However, when bad language is used as a all purpose adjective, it just shows up a shocking lack of vocabulary, frankly, a lack of imagination,laziness, and probably, dare I say, a rather low IQ !

BTW: The Actual "F" word will be banned from this particular post, this excersise will be a means to see how many of you have the capability to acquaint yourselves with an alternative word which is acceptable to all.
You may not use the following either. Bonk, Shag, Root.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a Jesus freak

I dont no about u guys
but I firmly believe in heaven

I believe we will all meet again up in the sky

but I dont think LD Lawyer will make it thro the Pearly Gates

Jim said...

I had a pal in school Manuel
he was born on Christmas day

his parents wanted him to become a priest

he cud not use bad words
so bloody bastard became bloody basket for him

u r silly Vest
words dont matter

Jim said...

COMMUNICATION
dats the name of the game

Anonymous said...

**I had to be satisfied that I am just mentally masturbating for my own pleasure and if anyone else gets it that's great


hehehe spot on! We r all here for brain orgies..atleast Im here for that!

Jim said...

Engineering In Hell

An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer -- you're in the wrong place."
So, the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After awhile, they've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day, God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there in hell?"

Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God replies, "What??? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake -- he should never have gotten down there; send him up here."

Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him."

God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"

Vest said...

Anon: "words dont matter". Oh yeah, Your selection has been deleted, try again.

Jim: I have engineering skills.

I have a cloned 25 year old human male on ice awaiting my transplanted brain when I pass on.

graeme said...

3 Old Guys

'Sixty is the worst age to be,' said the 60-year-old man. 'You always feel like you have to pee and most of the time you stand there and nothing comes out.'

'Ah, that's nothin,' said the 70-year-old. 'When you're seventy, you don't have a bowel movement any more. You take laxatives, eat bran, sit on the toilet all day and nothin' comes out!'

'Actually,' said the 80-year -old, 'Eighty is the worst age of all.'

'Do you have trouble peeing, too?' asked the 60-year old.

'No, I pee every morning at 6:00. I pee like a racehorse on a flat rock; no problem at all.'

'So, do you have a problem with your bowel movement?'

'No, I have one every morning at 6:30.'

Exasperated, the 60-year-old said, 'You pee every morning at 6:00 and crap every morning at 6:30. So what's so bad about being 80?'

'I don't wake up until 7:00.'

Vest said...

Jim: I used to play with a young kid 18 months my senior who was born on Christmas day. His name was Christopher, He passed on in Jan 12 05, He was my Brother.

My eldest son is named Christopher.

My eldest niece , born three years before I married Rosemary my wife, had the same Christian-given names and surnames as Rosemary. Pure coincidence. The eldest son of Rosemary, J, B my niece, is also named Christopher.
All of our sons have names of saints. We are all sloppy protestants or nocangoists.

I know everyone really wanted to have that info.

Vest.

Anonymous said...

I had a sis, the earlieat memory of her is of her jokingly dangling me over the well ala michael jackson I was 5 then

she turned mental and died in an assylum for the mental


few guys know this
is madness in the family?

I behave mental some times

Anonymous said...

I lost many girl friends by playing mad games

Anonymous said...

woooo hoooo
I discovered the secret of google search

I now will make millions

Jim said...

hehehehe
I copied Ks post at BEST OF BAD JOKES

Vest said...

Anon: millions Eh, well first thing for you would be a cheap recycled brain fransplant- get one in Mumbai for about the same cost as a 2nd hand pair of socks.

Jim Your Hehehehe, bad jokes: Obviously you were one of them but you had to see for your self, right?

Anonymous said...

u guys must be wondering how i have the time to post shit every now and then



the fact is I am retired
my kids pay the bills
both are doing well

they dont want me to work
I wanted to emigrate to USA or UK to make more money

but they both said
dont go

but I will be damned if I have to change nappies of my grand kids

I will go perhaps to Australia
K and Vest will support me till I get a job

Kai C. said...

wow

Vest said...

A 'Mass' of callers from Canuck and Uncle Samland mainly boosted my stats to levels unknown, but why dont they have the in/fort to drop a line. Why?.. its called the fear of god, sorry if I offended your dim witted thought proccesses... was at least expecting a call from that eagle with a recycled body and disused head.
Where Ignorance is bliss its folly to be wise.
The fairy in a white dress and Moira shearers red shoes has returned to his axis land with the plug of the container of reality in his pocket. F O, D C B.

lower deck lawyer said...

Vest pal, you couldn't have said it better, yep! I remember Moira Shearer, sort of time dates us. Mike.

Anonymous said...

Gosh
how did Kai get here???


Kai this blog is not decent

Anonymous said...

how come the daily gaggle didnt report this?

Indian govt wins trust vote, hit by bribery charges
NEW DELHI



Wednesday, July 23, 2008


INDIA'S government yesterday won a parliamentary confidence vote sparked by left-wing opposition to a nuclear energy deal with the United States, the parliamentary speaker announced.

A total of 275 deputies backed the government while 256 voted against, speaker Somnath Chatterjee said at the end of a raucous session that included a hand-count of some votes that apparently were not properly recorded by machine.

Chatterjee did not give the number of abstentions in the lower-house vote.

The result came after a furore in parliament surrounding opposition allegations that the ruling coalition paid out large sums of cash in bribes to ensure it won the vote.

The main opposition party demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after three of its deputies waved bundles of cash worth 30 million rupees ($969,171 ) they said they had been paid for their votes.

The raucous parliamentary session was repeatedly adjourned and reconvened as the bribery claims emerged, but speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the confidence vote would go ahead.

"There has been pressure on our MPs to take money to either abstain or vote for the government, and this has been done by the (ruling) Congress and their supporters," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh said.

"Now that it has been exposed, the prime minister of this country should resign. This scandal has lowered the dignity of our parliament," he told reporters, adding the party had video evidence of money changing hands.

"Never in the history of our parliament has such a shameful and revolting scandal unfolded," he said, after BJP lawmaker Ashok Argal and two other interrupted proceedings by producing bags stuffed with 1,000-rupee notes.

State television's coverage of the debate was immediately interrupted and images of Mother Teresa were broadcast instead.

Officials in parliament said Chatterjee had called in New Delhi's police chief to investigate the bribery claims.

A spokesman from the Congress party, Rajeev Shukla, immediately rejected the allegations.

"What is the evidence to suggest that the Congress has given the money?" he said, adding that the BJP deputies - having apparently accepted the bribes - would themselves be "liable to criminal proceedings."

Another Congress spokesman said the allegations were made because the BJP knew it could not win the vote.AFP

Anonymous said...

Little sally came home today with a smile on her face and told her mother, "Little Billy showed me his wiener today." Before the mother could raise a concern, Little Sally went on to say, "It reminded me of a peanut." Relaxing with a hidden smile, Sally's Mom asked, "Really small, was it?" Little Sally replied, "No......salty!"

A father and his 6 year-old son attended a horse auction. The father decided to check out a horse prior to bidding. The father ran his hands up and down the horse's legs, face, and rump. The little boy asked, "Dad, what are you doing?" The father replied, I'm interested in buying this horse and I'm checking it out." The little boy's eyes became as big as saucers and he blurted out, "Dad, we have to go home now!" The father was puzzled and asked him, "Why do we have to go home right this minute?!" The boy replied, "Because, the UPS man was there yesterday and I think he wants to buy Mom!"

Japanese scientists have created a camera with a shutter speed so fast they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

saby said...

The Living Statues

Two statues stood in a city park: one female and the other male. These statues faced each other for many years.
Early one morning, an angel appeared before the statues and said, "Since the two of you have been exemplary statues and have brought enjoyment to many people, I am giving you your greatest wish. I hereby give you the gift of life. You have 30 minutes to do whatever you desire."

And with that command, the statues came to life. The two statues smiled at each other, ran toward some nearby woods and dove behind a couple of bushes. The angel smiled to himself as he listened to the two statues giggling, bushes rustling, and twigs snapping.

After fifteen minutes, the two statues emerged from the bushes, satisfied and smiling.

Puzzled, the angel looked at his watch and asked the statues, "You still have fifteen minutes. Would you like to continue?"

The male statue looked at the female and asked, "Do you want to do it again?"

Smiling, the female statue said, "Sure. But this time YOU hold the pigeon down and I'll crap on its head!"

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Davo said...

Very swiving funny .. heh.

Anonymous said...

women bloggers amaze me ....


they have a topic every day to blog about

they talk more
lissen less

most topics are
I did this
I did that

I met X
I went to a party



men bloggers talk about ideas and are more interesting

what if all men were Gays?
what if VEST becomes Prime Minister of Australia?

and I of India

Anonymous said...

VEST did your bruised and battered ship ever dock




here?

tqmcintl said...

Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw was the name of the hero India saluted. He died at the age of 94 at Wellington early last Friday.

It's still unbelievable that a government formed by Indians would be so rude and indifferent to the greatest military leader India has produced post-independence, to use the words of former army chief General V.P. Malik. Rare are the heroes of a nation admired by commoners as their idol, inspiration and icon.

Manekshaw was one such hero India always looked up to with pride and excitement. A government that decided to lower the national flag for three days as a mark of mourning when the Pope died didn't send its defence minister to attend the funeral of Field Marshall Manekshaw; nor did it allow the other two service chiefs to attend.

tqmcintl said...

Manekshaw was the only living Field Marshal, was listed on the active list of army officers as number one and hence drew a full salary.


He participated in action in the Second World War, in the 1947 war with Pakistan, the '62 war with China, and the Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971.

Manekshaw received the Military Cross, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

Above all, he provided hope when light was dimming and courage when disillusionment was setting in.

He was utterly contemptuous of politicians and often spoke fearing no one. He was proven right about them. The Field Marshall became a legend.

Keshi said...

I like it lol!


**But one was rewarded with extra marks - because it was better than leaving the page blank and demonstrates "nominal skills".


woohoo!!


Keshi.

Anonymous said...

Last week, while traveling to Toronto on business, I noticed an army sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class ( across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

'No', he responded.

'Heading out', I asked?

'No. I'm escorting a soldier home.'

'Going to pick him up?'

'No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Afganistan, I'm taking him home to his family.'

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, 'Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.'

tqmcintl said...

I recall seeing the movie THE LONGEST DAY

the landing in Normandy
the Army took the brunt

the Air Force and the Navy only provided logistics support
and bombed the shores from a safe distance in the sky or from sea


VEST, I had mentioned this earlier
if u were in the Army
u probably wudnt have survived WWII

ims@unwired said...

On the anniversary of your birthday

though belated it may be. I will drink to your good health
and long life, and thank you for your friendship.

I look forward seeing you again real soon, and missing your
company.

(If it wasn't for computer meltdown, 3 hard drive failures in a week,
I would have sent you greetings sooner, but I did not forget)

With all that life has to offer, may it all be yours ...

Andrew - ims@unwired

Jim said...

an OFFICER and A GENTLEMAN

u will find gentlemen in the Navy and Air Force

not in the Army

In the Army u charge without thinking after being sozzled with Army Rum

bayonets fixed
ready to rip out the guts of the other guy

u use the foulest lang
the F word too



hehehehehehe

Vest said...

TQMCINTI: During WW2 the statistics show re our small village where I lived there were 19 people (Men) in the services.
11 in the navy, four survivors.
Two died on 'D' day, friends David Hemmings and Des Moores, two on HMS Hood father & son, One on HMS Barham, One on HMS Howe, and one Aug 19 42 during the Dieppe raid.
Of the navy survivors, today just myself, Brother Chris Injured (invalided out)now deceased, R Woodwards and K Battley deceased.
8 in the Army, two of them the H
Hicks brothers died in Burma, one at Dunkirk in 1940, 5 survivors; but now all deceased.
The remaining village male population were in what was called 'Reserved occupations' Technicians at the Morris Motor works etc, and farmers who employed Axis POW's and were receiving income far in excess of our pittances,for sticking our necks out.

Many of lifes failures are those who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.

Jim said...

The army has to be imbibed with a lust to kill

but all religions say Thou shalt not kill another human being

so u demonize the enemy
The japanese are not humans like u and me

they are yellow

the same applies to IRAQIs

Jim said...

then came the draft dodgers and the hippies

anti establishment guys
they spoke of LOVE and PEACE

their role model, Jesus the Nazarene

and we had WOODSTOCK, a huge motley of dirty hippies and pacifists

Jim said...

Now America will select their President in November


u have a choice:
Gen Mc Cain, who wants a fight to the finish in IRAQ
he dont count the body bags

and u have Barrack Obama
who wants a political settlement

Anonymous said...

//wut d u mean I hvnt been ard Kaylz..I've been blogging every single day lol!//

You havent ben to my blog LOL but, I guess I got to come to yours if i want you to come to mine.


K, I am a sad girl today :(

Vest said...

Final Confession

Brittany was on her deathbed, with her husband Adam at her side.
She kept trying to tell him something, but he kept saying, "Shhhh, don't worry now darling, just rest."

"But honey," she whispered, "I need to make a confession before I die... I slept with your brother, your best friend, and your father."

"Don't worry about it, sweetie," replied Adam as he wiped the tears from Brittany's cheek, "I know. Why do you think I poisoned you?"

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Aggie said...

Poor students that will never be able to fill out a job application no matter how many points get awarded.

Anonymous said...

another silly guy like u
went and rote a book
that nobody wants to read


u neednt buy
but visit poor Paul

u will find him

here

Vest said...

Previous anon: Not too sure I like your remark about my book. so watch it sport. It is selling in dribs and drabs, order one for your worst enemy as a xmas or birthday gift if you wish to die early, or to someone you love, who will return your love, its for everyone.

Goodbye Dear Rosemary. (Final)

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