Gwent AM’s plea on exam shake-up

EXAM PLEA: William Graham AM

EXAM PLEA: William Graham AM

First published in News

A SEPARATE qualification system in Wales could spell disaster, according to one Gwent AM.

William Graham, Conservative AM for South Wales East, said Wales would be better off with a common set of qualifications so higher education entrants are not discriminated against.

Leaks last week suggested that the UK government education secretary Michael Gove has drawn up a plan to replace GCSEs with an Olevel style qualification in England.

But Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews has ruled out introducing O-levels in Wales.

Mr Graham, who is also the Assembly Tories’ business manager and chief whip, told the Argus a separate qualification system in Wales could be disastrous.

He said that the Welsh Baccalaureate is not as well recognised by universities as it could be.

He said: “I think it would be better off having a common set of qualifications so our higher education entrants are not discriminated against.”

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8:56pm Wed 27 Jun 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Of course there should be a common set of qualifications, but alas I can see the Assembly doing their usual trick of being different just for the sake of it.
Of course there should be a common set of qualifications, but alas I can see the Assembly doing their usual trick of being different just for the sake of it. Owain Vaughan
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10:25pm Wed 27 Jun 12

Dee-Gee says...

I can't see unis being too concerned about quals taken at 16 - it's the A levels that count, and nobody is suggesting moving away from those.

I can't comment further on the subject unfortunately - Gove's stupid Pob-like face renders me incapable of rational thought, let alone debate.
I can't see unis being too concerned about quals taken at 16 - it's the A levels that count, and nobody is suggesting moving away from those. I can't comment further on the subject unfortunately - Gove's stupid Pob-like face renders me incapable of rational thought, let alone debate. Dee-Gee
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7:18am Thu 28 Jun 12

PaulHalliday says...

There is no reason that a seperate education system should cause discrimination against welsh students when they apply for university. Scotland has A separate system and when I applied for university it wasn't a problem.
There is no reason that a seperate education system should cause discrimination against welsh students when they apply for university. Scotland has A separate system and when I applied for university it wasn't a problem. PaulHalliday
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9:15pm Thu 28 Jun 12

CM1 says...

There is every reason, if universities believe that the Welsh system is inferior!?
There is every reason, if universities believe that the Welsh system is inferior!? CM1
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