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The Conservatives say the Welsh Government can choose its own direction on exams but warn that there needs to be confidence in Wales-only qualifications. They also say that the main task is still to raise standards after Welsh pupils did badly in the international PISA comparisons.
GCSE and A levels will stay in Wales, the Welsh Government has confirmed. The Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert says the exams will be 'alongside a revised, more rigorous, Welsh Baccalaureate'. In England, Education Secretary Michael Gove wants an English Baccalaureate to replace GCSEs.
Mr Cuthbert told AMs that although he doesn't ignore what happens in England, as it can have implications for Wales, he hoped that the Welsh Government's direction is clear. However, he admitted that not just many parents but some teacher in Wales think that Mr Gove's plans will affect them.
The aim is to start teaching for the new exams from September 2015. The Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, has already accepted the establishment of Qualifications Wales, a new body to regulate and assure the quality of all qualifications, other than degree level, in Wales.