The Independent is reporting claims form the head of one of the largest exam boards that a move towards establishing a single national exam board would be “an improbably Corbynesque solution for a Conservative government to want to implement”.
Ministers have announced they are consulting over a radical review of how Britain’s exam boards operate – with one option being for the Government to set up a single national exam board – following concerns over grade inflation and the standard of questions.
Simon Lebus, chairman of the OCR (Oxford and Cambridge and Royal Society of Art) exam board, warned the move “could lead to a greater degree of political involvement in the education service which I think only a few people would find desirable”.
In a speech to a conference in London, he added: “It all sounds like an incredibly Corbynesque solution for a Conservative government to want to implement…”
He said grade inflation had largely been checked by exams regulator Ofqual insisting on “comparative outcomes” in exams between one year and another “so on the face of it this is more likely to be about a desire on the part of the Government to get more actively involved in determining content standards”…
Clearly the exam boards have much to lose if a single government board was to be introduced – what do you think of these comments from Simon Lebus and the, more generally, of the idea of a single government board?
Would you support such a move?
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