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Campaigners opposed to further devolution say they fear the GCSE regrade row could mean that any new exam system in Wales would be seen as a 'poor man's alternative' to qualifications in England. The True Wales group says the regrade could 'do lasting damage.' Its statement says,
The row has increased speculation that pupils on different sides of the border will ultimately sit different exams. True Wales is concerned about this outcome:
The Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, will today update Assembly Members on the current GCSE situation in Wales.
Last week over 2,000 Welsh youngsters received a re-graded English language paper after the Minister decided that papers should be re-marked.
The decision caused a cross-border row after he came in for heavy critcism from Education Secretary, Michael Gove.
Pupils at Barry Comprehensive School are among some 2,000 Welsh teenagers receiving their improved English Language GCSE results today.
Headteacher Gerard McNamara told ITV Wales his pupils were 'delighted' with their higher grades and were now able to focus on their A-levels.
Welsh exam board the WJEC was ordered to re-grade the papers in a controversial move by Education Minister Leighton Andrews.
It followed concerns that a change in grading boundaries meant some students were awarded lower grades than expected.
However, pupils in England who sat the same exams set by the WJEC will not have their grades changed.
Over two thousand teenagers across Wales will receive their improved English language GCSE results today.
Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews ordered the re-grade after pupils received worse grades than expected.
Speaking after the announcement by the WJEC that over 2,000 candidates have received improved grades after a re-grade ordered by the Education Minister, Dr Philip Dixon of The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said:
He went on to say:
The WJEC has confirmed that over 2,000 GCSE students will have their English Language grades increased.
The exam board was ordered to re-grade the papers by Education Minister Leighton Andrews following concerns over a change in grading boundaries introduced mid-way through the academic year.
It has been confirmed that 1,202 students will have their grades increased from a D to a C and 598 from a C grade to a B.
The lowering of grade boundaries also meant there were some changes at other grades, resulting in an overall figure of 2386 receiving raised grades.
The WJEC will today issue the regraded results of English GCSEs.
Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews directed the board to review this year's results following the row about students being awarded lower grades than expected last month.
The exam board is obliged to publish the results by 5pm.
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