Elitists getting dragged on A-level results day might be the best thing you’ll read today

Teenager looking at exam results
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

It’s A-level results day in the UK and #alevelresults2018 has been trending.

Many people shared the pressures on young students to perform well in their A-levels:

Meanwhile, others took the opportunity to critique elitism within the British education system:

A spoof account for Tory MP Liam Fox decided to comfort anyone disappointed with their grades:

Others decided to put things in perspective:

As usual, the memes were out in full force:

But we are definitely here for the success stories:


And to finish, there’s this well-placed reminder:

The number of students receiving grade C or above has dropped significantly this year after the introduction of more intensive exams in England. And even for students with excellent grades, a combination of funding cuts to universities and an increase in tuition fees over the past nine years has meant that access to higher education is now harder to gain than ever.

Labour MP David Lammy has regularly criticised the elitism of Oxbridge universities and particularly their inaccessibility for Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME) students. Theresa May’s plans to review tuition fees, which were announced in February 2018, have also come under scrutiny for making a “two-tier system” rather than creating equal opportunities for all students. So while students have been under immense pressure to achieve the highest possible grades in their A-levels, unfortunately this may only be the start of another uphill struggle.


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