Lack of Opportunity

Clenton Farquarson: Lost

Clenton Farquarson was born in Birmingham in 1964. He grew up in Birmingham and went to his local mainstream schools.

Here Clenton describes how he wasn’t allowed to take exams.

  • Clenton Farquarson
  • Clenton Farquarson
  • Clenton Farquarson
http://howwasschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/lost.mp3

Transcript

My memory, the vivid memory I have is everyone in our year was taking, I think it’s the final exams that would – you would get your certification. And I remember they were all in the hall and the rows of tables and people sitting behind them, taking exams. And I remember the teacher and the head teacher telling us in our group, that we couldn’t take any exams. And they said it wasn’t worth their time filling in a piece of paper with just your name on it, ‘cause that’s what they said they would expect of us. So I remember we were in an opposite room, sitting, playing games and, you know, throwing stuff at the blackboard and stuff, you know, we didn’t take any exams ‘cause they wouldn’t let us. But no-one at that time really gave much for us, you know. They just said we were lost, you know, we didn’t really have many teachers who were interested in us.