Wales set for new qualifications body
2:20pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in Gwent news
A NEW body could be set to take responsibility for awarding qualifications by 2015, education minister Leighton Andrews said yesterday.
The Welsh Government wants Qualifications Wales to regulate and keep an eye on the quality of all qualifications other than degrees in the country.
Mr Andrews told the Senedd it would be hoped that the WJEC exam board could be collapsed into the body, but said he wouldn’t want to nationalise it.
“Our aim is that from September 2015 Qualifications Wales will take responsibility for awarding qualifications, including the majority of general qualifications,” he said. “Clearly this will have implications for the WJEC. So we are engaging with them.”
He said his officials are working on the details of the body and said they will develop a business case in the first half of this year.