Mr Paterson told the Education Secretary that his ignorance was not a defence for the problems that have been caused to prospective university students through the use of an algorithm to assign A-level grades. The Sky News host also rubbished Mr Williamson’s claim that he only became aware of the challenges of the algorithm this weekend.
Mr Paterson asked: “When did you first become aware of the problems with the algorithm?”
The Education Secretary said: “It became apparent that there were challenges within the algorithm when we saw the results directly coming out over the weekend.
“We had got concerns before, when we saw what happened in Scotland, we wanted to have a more robust system put in place.”
The Sky News journalist replied: “So this weekend? That is just not the case is it?
Gavin Williamson stated that he first saw problems with the algorithm over the weekend
Niall Paterson grilled the Education Secretary
“The Education Select Committee took evidence back in June about the negative effects this system would have on disadvantaged students.
“They published the report in July, saying there was a risk it would lead to unfair bias and discrimination against already disadvantaged groups.
“There was modelling showing 40 percent of A-level results would be affected by this system in a negative fashion back in July as well.
“The idea that you were not aware of this until the weekend simply does not stand up.
“Your ignorance is not a defence here Mr Williamson, in fact it appears to be the biggest crime.”
Yesterday a politics professor stated that Gavin Williamson will be sacked.
Tim Bale labelled the Education Secretary as the Government’s fall guy.
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Professor Tim Bale said it is a “matter of when not if” Gavin Williamson will lose his job as Education Secretary after thousands of protesters called on him to resign.
Mr Bale told LBC “He’s being set up as the fall guy now.
“It must be a matter of when and not if Gavin Williamson is going to go I would have thought.
“It’s clearly not just his fault, it’s the fault of the decisions made by the entire Government but someone’s going to have to take responsibility and I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be Boris Johnson.”