Many people feel regular claims about exams being "dumbed down" do a disservice to pupils and secondary teachers, according to a new survey.
Scepticism has been expressed in some quarters over continuously improving exam results during recent years, while education secretary Michael Gove has vowed to reform GCSEs in order to make them more challenging and rigorous.
However, a poll of over 2,000 people by market research firm Consumer Intelligence has shown almost 60 per cent of adults think criticism of 'easy' exams is unfair.
Furthermore, around 50 per cent of respondents attributed the rising numbers of children passing exams to improvements in teaching standards and pupil intelligence.
David Black from Consumer Intelligence told York newspaper The Press: "The announcement of GCSE and A-level results almost always triggers high-profile comments about dumbed-down exams making it easier to get good grades, but the majority see this as unfair on pupils who have worked so hard to pass."
Last year saw the first ever fall in the number of pupils getting grades A*-C at GCSE level. This year's GCSE results will be released on August 22nd.
Posted by Alan Douglas