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Churchill’s Battle of Britain speech graded as ‘below average’ by computer marking system

Winston Churchill’s Battle of Britain speech, one of the finest and most stirring pieces of oratory in history, has been given a ‘below average’ grade by a new-fangled computer marking system.

His speech, known as ‘Their Finest Hour’ and made to the House of Commons in June 1940, was marked down due to repetition and the misuse of certain words.

As a result, Churchill was marked as below average in the equivalent of an A Level exam.

The bizarre results were revealed at an education forum yesterday , where the role of e-assessment was under discussion.

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