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Steve Rotheram slams 'incomprehensible' BTec results delay

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Steve Rotheram Image caption Metro mayor Steve Rotheram said students had been left "in limbo" by the delay

A mayor has described the delay in students receiving their BTec results as "simply incomprehensible".

Liverpool's metro mayor Steve Rotheram has written to England Education Minister Nick Gibb about the delay which has left students "in limbo".

Thousands of BTec students are still awaiting their results, including 170 - many from disadvantaged backgrounds - at City of Liverpool College.

The Department For Education has been contacted for a comment.

Mr Rotheram said he had been informed by the college's principal Elaine Bowker that the level three students had "no idea when their results will arrive."

Image copyright PA Image caption BTec students should have had their results last week

He said the college should have received an embargoed set of results by midnight on 12 August.

This did not happen and a further deadline 24 hours later was also missed.

'I'm frustrated and sad'

Image copyright Faith Achilleos

Dance student Faith Achilleos, who took a BTec dance at City of Liverpool College, said the "BTec mess" had left her with "feelings of injustice".

"I have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) and my mum has had to fight for the additional support that I am entitled to throughout my secondary and further education," she said.

"The mess of our results just goes to show that my feelings all these years are true. I am frustrated, sad and very angry that so many young people just like me are left to feel this way.

"The government do not care about disadvantaged groups of people in society."

"A number of the 170 students who are still awaiting results are from disadvantaged backgrounds, meaning these students are presently facing further obstacles to those which already existed," Mr Rotheram wrote.

"They are at risk of facing additional barriers if they do not have access to their results urgently, enabling them to make important decisions about their future education or employment."

He continued: "It is simply incomprehensible this state of affairs should run into a second week.

"I am therefore requesting that you and the department intervene to bring this situation to a satisfactory conclusion."

Students at the college are angry at what has happened.

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