Gove will not take responsibility for GCSE grading row

Michael Gove has expressed his sympathy for students over the GCSE grading row but said he would not take responsibility for decisions made before he became the Education Secretary.

Gove said that it is the past government's fault for problems leading up to what has happened - for example, modularisation.

He added that he did not believe OFQUAL could have known that English gradings in January were over generous compared to June as the sample was too small.

Gove said he was ready to acknowledge mistakes that may have happened with OFQUAL, if he is presented with evidence to prove it.

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Welsh minister orders GCSE regrade

Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews has issued a direction to examination board WJEC to re-grade this summer's English GCSE English language results for qualifications delivered in Wales.