Headmaster at elite Malvern College asserts that A-Level students and GCSE students need to be able type their exam answers because writing can prove too tiring for modern pupils.

  • Keith Metcalfe of Malvern College said that modern students’ handwriting was ‘tiring.
  • Students taking A-levels and GCSEs in these subjects should be able to choose to type. 
  • Metcalfe claimed that typing improves fairness for everyone. 

A headmaster said that students are so used to typing, they have trouble expressing their ideas when faced with exams.

Keith Metcalfe from Malvern College is arguing that GCSEs should be able to write their exam scripts. This calls a reliance upon pen and ink ‘antiquated.

According to The Daily Telegraph Mr Metcalfe thinks that long periods of handwriting can be tiring for students. Typing boosts accessibility and fairness for everyone.

The Telegraph reported that he said, “Those who spend too much time touch-typing may lose speed and clarity in handwriting and so are not able express their ideas as proficiently in exams when handwritten responses are required.”

“I don’t think this is fair. It doesn’t achieve what a modern education should. Handwriting, aside from schools, has virtually disappeared. This makes it appear very outdated to have a pen and paper in an exam room.

Malvern College's Keith Metcalfe (pictured) is arguing for GCSEs and A Level candidates to have the option of typing up their exam scripts, calling a reliance on pen and ink 'antiquated'

Keith Metcalfe from Malvern College, (pictured), advocates for GCSEs or A Level candidates to have an option of writing their exam scripts. This is calling the reliance upon pen and ink ‘antiquated.

Malvern College was started in Worcestershire in 1865. The college educated Aleister Crowley, CS Lewis, and many others. Boarders are charged over £13,000 per term.

He said that ‘I’m sure schools will keep an important focus handwriting. But simply doing this to prepare students for exams seems a bit backward.

“We must equip our children with the necessary skills to enter the global world after school.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that handwriting isn’t important, or that it’s a lost art. But it’s already less relevant for future career paths.

Already, students with recognized problems can use their laptops for typing up answers to exams.

Students with recognised problems are already permitted to use laptops to type up their answers in exams (stock image)

Students who have been diagnosed with a problem are permitted to use laptops in order to write their answers for exams. (stock photo)