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GCSE review published

The GCSE exam has come under fire after this summers' sitting Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The future of the GCSE exam in Wales will become clearer today when the Welsh Government announce the findings of their review into its effectiveness.

The decision to investigate the qualification, and its place in the Secondary curriculum here follow Education Minister Leighton Andrews' decision to re-mark thousands of papers during the summer after it was revealed some had been marked against stricter criteria than the previous year in a bid to counteract so called "grade inflation".

In practice that meant many students were awarded lower grades than comparable tests achieved the previous year, and Mr Andrews moved quickly, and against UK Government consensus to announce a wholesale re-mark.

The fall-out following the decision lead to a very public spat between Mr Andrews and UK Education Minister Michael Gove.

An announcement over the review's findings is due out later today with, the Welsh government say, the aim of ensuring the most relevant, valued and understood qualifications are available to learners.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said:

“The independent Review of Qualifications for 14-19 year olds was commissioned to consider how we can achieve the vision of qualifications which are understood and valued and meet the needs of our young people and the Welsh economy. Later today the Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert will receive the report and the process of considering the recommendations will begin.”