Is The Welsh Bac Failing?
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The Welsh Baccalaureate, often referred to as the Welsh Bac, as the name itself takes too much exertion to say and spell.
First introduced in 2006, the Bac was primarily viewed as an extra, useful 'qualification', that many universities accept as a beneficial one. From this, an outsider of the Bac could see it to be advantageous to the average student.
From the perspective of someone who is currently doing the Bac, I despise the qualification. Okay, so some universities view it as a useful qualification. However, what schools fail to inform us is that many universities don't value it whatsoever or perhaps as only equivalent to an E grade pass.
One may suggest that the Welsh Bac offers students the chance to 'learn a number of new skills'. My response, as well as many of my peers to this statement, would be a clear, definite no. The qualification claims to develop communication skills for instance. How are we expected to develop our communication skills by having a conversation with people we see every day, about a topic that may not grab the attention of a typical pupil? Surely meeting new people from different schools and having conversations on topics of our choice would better qualify?
Fair enough, some new skills are learned from the Bac, for example British Sign Language. But many currently doing the qualification would agree that it consists of nothing other than monotonous tasks such as filling in log books, reading the odd piece of writing containing 'complex sentences' and having pointless conversations in the main.
Not only is the Bac overly tedious, but encourages youth of today to lack motivation. After doing a number of exams, one evidently would not be overly thrilled with having to complete a fortnight of Welsh Bac. It seems like a waste of time, effort and brainpower.
The Bac is currently a pass/fail qualification, leaving even the most conscientious student with a lack of incentive by to complete the qualification to more than a satisfactory level. A typical pupil who would put in minimal effort into the qualification, scraping a bare pass would get the same qualification as someone else who had put their optimum energy into the work. Surely this can't be fair?
The Bac itself shouldn't have ever been introduced. Why? Well, for a number of reasons. Firstly, because people managed to learn 'new skills' prior to the Bac. Secondly, it isn't valued highly by a number of university/employers etc. Thirdly, people have been able to easily get jobs and get into university prior to the Bac. The list goes on. So I say, what is the need in the qualification?
Then again, maybe the Bac gives us the experience of the real working life? Dreary, mind-numbing and lacking a sense of fulfilment.
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