The Mail is reporting that the government is threatening to replace four independent exam boards with a single government body.
…The boards compete for the £300 million that schools spend on exam papers each year. Schools Minister Nick Gibb told The Mail on Sunday that he was increasingly worried about the quality of questions being produced by the boards.
In his most outspoken attack yet on organisations, he said: ‘I have commissioned officials to look seriously and urgently at the case for reform.
‘One of the issues is whether it makes sense to have three or four exam boards competing for market share among schools. We now have commercial or quasi-commercial organisations that are increasingly revenue-driven. There is a case for long-term, fundamental reform.’
Senior Government sources confirmed that one option under consideration is scrapping the four exam boards for England and Wales – AQA, OCR, Edexcel and WJEC – and switching to Government-produced exam papers…
It does sometimes seem odd that we have competing exam boards, especially when the suspicion is that one of the ways they compete is by offering better grades.
What do you think? Are there good reasons for sticking with the status quo?
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