‘I believe that the children who have been disadvantaged are children in Wales. I think the decision by the Welsh education minister, Leighton Andrews, is irresponsible and mistaken. And I think that he has undermined confidence in Welsh children’s GCSEs and I think that he should think again about having made with I regard to be a regrettable political intervention in what should be a process free from political meddling.’
‘It would destroy the reputation of the regulator. We would have a situation where a politician would be responsible for making children’s papers and we would have a politician as chief examiner… I think that’s wrong.’
But his evidence this morning underlined why that leak went straight to the front page of the Daily Mail: the GCSE system is in need of reform. An announcement on what those reforms will look like is due in the next few weeks.
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