Minister defends Wales exam grading system
10:20am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
EDUCATION minister Leighton Andrews defended his decision to launch a GCSE grading system for Welsh pupils in the wake of the marking fiasco last summer.
The Welsh minister appeared before the House Commons yesterday after ordering a new system that could see different thresholds used by markers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Around 2,300 Welsh pupils had their papers regraded as a result of the English exam marking row last year.
England’s exam regulator, Ofqual, has declined to take similar action.
UK education secretary Michael Gove has criticised the Welsh decision to go it alone.
But Mr Andrews said he had acted in an “appropriate” manner, adding it was intended to address the “unfairness” in the way grade boundaries are set.
He added: “I think the jury’s out on three-country qualification.”