More or less. I'm not sure it's better to have a grade E/F/G (or 1-3 these days) than nothing at all. The time spent pursuing these less-than-useful grades might be better spent in a form of training or gaining work-experience. I'd rather leave that choice, in those circumstances, to students and parents.I think I know what you mean.
When I was at school the subject I worried about was Mathematics. Would I get a GCSE grade C? There were quite a few people on the borderline between D and C. However, the school's policy was to make sure everyone got something, but how useful is a grade F or G?
The lower end of the capability distribution did receive a lot of help to try to get them over the G line, and the grade A types got help, but what if those of us who where nearly A-C?
Is that what you are saying?
Equality of opportunity means that the bottom 30%-40% have their time wasted when they might better spend their time outside of the GCSE ratrace. It's wasteful of their time and teachers' time and talents. There's no point flogging a dead horse.