Plaid Cymru’s Whittle calls for independent exam system for Wales
South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle has called for the creation of an independent exam system for Wales.
It follows a row between the Welsh Government and the UK Government over the re-marking of English GCSE exam papers earlier this year.
In a debate in the Senedd last week, Mr Whittle asked Mr Cuthbert: “What discussions has the Minister had regarding the creation of a distinct examination system for Wales?”
Mr Cuthbert replied: “As we have already stated, the Welsh Government will be waiting on the publication of the review of qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds before considering the best route forward for the examination system in Wales. This, as well as the marketplace review of awarding organisations, will receive a formal Government response in January.”
Mr Whittle then pressed the issue and responded: “I hope that you will consider the Party of Wales’ idea of an independent exam system for our nation, which will deliver for the needs of Welsh students. Do you agree that the establishment of the English baccalaureate means that a distinct qualification system for Wales is almost already a reality? What further discussions do you intend to have to ensure that Welsh qualifications are an accurate assessment of students’ attainment, and how will you gain the confidence of the education sector and of employers in any changes?”
Mr Cuthbert replied: “Those are key factors of the review of qualifications and of the discussions on the marketplace. My colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, has answered much of that, I think, in replying to earlier questions. You referred to the English baccalaureate, and it is important to recognise that that is not a qualification in its own right as the Welsh baccalaureate is. There could well be further divergence with England, if it is justified, and we will know more about that when the review of qualifications reports.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr