I don't have any problem with standards being rigorously applied, nor even with exams becoming harder.
What I do have a big problem with, as both a teacher and a parent, is for standards to be changed during the course of an active series of modular exams and assessments, so that students who thought they were assured of a particular grade, say a C, so long as they also got a C on their last paper, suddenly found themselves shunted down a grade. If this is indeed what has happened, as it appears, then I think that is scandalous. If it has happened because of political pressure, as is suspected, then someone should stand up and admit it. Ho ho.
Beautifully put Amber. I agree with everything you have said.
Just like Guest55, I am not going to say too much as I would also be banned.