WJEC says Leighton Andrews could damage Wales exam system

The body which sets most of the exams sat by Welsh teenagers has criticised the way Education Minister Leighton Andrews is changing the system. The WJEC exam board says the Welsh government could do “immense damage” to the way qualifications are overseen. This is from the BBC…

The future of the WJEC has been in doubt since a recent review proposed changing the way exams are regulated and awarded.

But a Welsh government spokesman accused the WJEC of being in denial.

Before Christmas, Mr Andrews announced that a new body called Qualifications Wales would be set up to independently regulate exams. He also wants it to award qualifications.

He has said a similar model of running qualifications worked well in Scotland.

But in a letter seen by BBC Wales, WJEC chief executive Gareth Pierce raises concern about the Welsh government’s timetable for reform, saying “there is potential to do immense damage by getting this wrong”.

Mr Andrews came under fire last summer when he ordered the WJEC board, which sets most of the GCSEs taken by Welsh pupils, to re-grade English language exams after the results were published.

He said grade boundaries were set in a way that was unfair to candidates in Wales and they had been the victims of an “injustice”.

Nearly 2,400 pupils in Wales received better results after the review.

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