Welsh GCSE re-grade 'wrong' - Nick Clegg

South Wales Argus: Welsh GCSE re-grade 'wrong' - Nick Clegg Welsh GCSE re-grade 'wrong' - Nick Clegg

A REVIEW of Welsh student's GCSE English grades was wrong, the deputy prime minister has said.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg told reporters said the Welsh Government appeared to be shifting goalposts for children in Wales.

He said it wasn't for politicians to interfere and change the system unilaterally.

"I know what they say but I don't think it's right for politicians to be interfering in an independent exam system," he said.

More than 2,300 of the 34,000 pupils in Wales who took English with the WJEC exam board received better results after their papers were regraded.

A spokesman for the Welsh Government said that, unlike in England, Welsh ministers regulate qualifications.

"The decision to carry out the regrade in Wales led to the swift resolution of an injustice served to well over 2000 Welsh candidates," he said.

"The decision to direct the WJEC to carry out this work was about fairness and ensuring that Welsh students got the grades they deserved for the work they put into their examination."

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2:39pm Mon 24 Sep 12

PontyPeter says...

Nick Clegg is right.
The Welsh Education Minister was wrong.
We now have the ridiculous situation where 2 students can have sat the same exam, got the same mark, but obtained different grades.
We have a situation where Welsh student have been treated more favourably than English. This sounds good for the Welsh students until one realises that this undermines and cheapens their qualifications in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Nick Clegg is right. The Welsh Education Minister was wrong. We now have the ridiculous situation where 2 students can have sat the same exam, got the same mark, but obtained different grades. We have a situation where Welsh student have been treated more favourably than English. This sounds good for the Welsh students until one realises that this undermines and cheapens their qualifications in the eyes of the rest of the world. PontyPeter

3:12pm Mon 24 Sep 12

iandfox says...

Who really cares what Clegg says,he will change his mind again next week !
Who really cares what Clegg says,he will change his mind again next week ! iandfox

4:12pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Davi says...

Clegg needs to grow a pair and tackle the policies he agrees to constantly whilst in Parliament...He's like one of those annoying nodding dogs in back of cars..no back bone at all Libdeb what a laugh he's a Tory through and through..And thank god the Welsh Government turned around and remarked..two fingers up to Westminster...
Clegg needs to grow a pair and tackle the policies he agrees to constantly whilst in Parliament...He's like one of those annoying nodding dogs in back of cars..no back bone at all Libdeb what a laugh he's a Tory through and through..And thank god the Welsh Government turned around and remarked..two fingers up to Westminster... Davi

4:53pm Mon 24 Sep 12

On the inside says...

Since the Lie Dems would be absent from the Welsh Parliment without the unfair advantage of PR, who cares what he says?
Since the Lie Dems would be absent from the Welsh Parliment without the unfair advantage of PR, who cares what he says? On the inside

7:43pm Mon 24 Sep 12

PontyPeter says...

Interesting that the 3 posters above can only manage to attack the person/party, and not the message. They give no good reason WHY the papers should have been remarked, other than it appeals to their petty politics.
Interesting that the 3 posters above can only manage to attack the person/party, and not the message. They give no good reason WHY the papers should have been remarked, other than it appeals to their petty politics. PontyPeter

8:45pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Howie' says...

PontyPeter wrote:
Interesting that the 3 posters above can only manage to attack the person/party, and not the message. They give no good reason WHY the papers should have been remarked, other than it appeals to their petty politics.
Do you think Clegg was right when he said this?:

''I know what they say but I don't think it's right for politicians to be interfering in an independent exam system," he said.

Whilst naive Cleggy is lauding the Independent Exam system Michael Gove the Education Secretary over at the Education Department was interfering up to his eyeballs to move the goalposts for the GCSE exams without warning which disadvantaged kids across the board. Clegg knows this but instead of standing up for the kids who had their dreams wrecked he decides to attack Wales for not playing along with Gove's dirty tricks. No doubt come election time when Clegg takes off his Tory clothes and puts on his LD ones he will apologise (yet again) to the parents for not speaking out at the time. Every time I see Clegg on TV and his lips are moving I think he must be lying.
[quote][p][bold]PontyPeter[/bold] wrote: Interesting that the 3 posters above can only manage to attack the person/party, and not the message. They give no good reason WHY the papers should have been remarked, other than it appeals to their petty politics.[/p][/quote]Do you think Clegg was right when he said this?: ''I know what they say but I don't think it's right for politicians to be interfering in an independent exam system," he said. Whilst naive Cleggy is lauding the Independent Exam system Michael Gove the Education Secretary over at the Education Department was interfering up to his eyeballs to move the goalposts for the GCSE exams without warning which disadvantaged kids across the board. Clegg knows this but instead of standing up for the kids who had their dreams wrecked he decides to attack Wales for not playing along with Gove's dirty tricks. No doubt come election time when Clegg takes off his Tory clothes and puts on his LD ones he will apologise (yet again) to the parents for not speaking out at the time. Every time I see Clegg on TV and his lips are moving I think he must be lying. Howie'

8:46pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Limestonecowboy says...

these school leavers will soon learn that life sometimes isn't fair & justice isn't always served - just get over it & move on!
these school leavers will soon learn that life sometimes isn't fair & justice isn't always served - just get over it & move on! Limestonecowboy

10:36pm Mon 24 Sep 12

b3talover says...

Oh, as if anyone would take this guy seriously in matters of education.
Oh, as if anyone would take this guy seriously in matters of education. b3talover

11:49am Tue 25 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

Lib-dems what a bunch of losers they are,the only saving grace is they are a pain to the Tories as well. His apology for not having any principles was pathetic, his attacks on the Assembly and declaration "Politics shouldn't interfere in Education..' was ludicrously stupid and inaccurate, ALL governments stick their hooters in, that is the problem. Disadvantaging students by changing the goalposts at half time was grossly unfair, good for Wales for not supporting this. It's like telling a jockey you have 5 fences to jump, then after they start the race they are informed there are 15 instead.... so-reeee DOH !
Lib-dems what a bunch of losers they are,the only saving grace is they are a pain to the Tories as well. His apology for not having any principles was pathetic, his attacks on the Assembly and declaration "Politics shouldn't interfere in Education..' was ludicrously stupid and inaccurate, ALL governments stick their hooters in, that is the problem. Disadvantaging students by changing the goalposts at half time was grossly unfair, good for Wales for not supporting this. It's like telling a jockey you have 5 fences to jump, then after they start the race they are informed there are 15 instead.... so-reeee DOH ! Mervyn James

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