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The Welsh government announce the findings of their review into the GCSE qualification and its suitability for education.
The Welsh Government's review of qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds could lead to a very different set of exams sat by pupils in Wales.
– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Deputy Minister for Skills
The purpose of this review was to ensure that the qualifications available to learners in Wales are relevant, valued and understood, and that those qualifications are what employers and universities want.I would like to thank Huw [Evans OBE] and the Board for their excellent work on the Review and for producing an extremely thorough, well considered and valuable report. I am excited by the opportunities outlined in the report. I look forward to considering the recommendations in detail and I intend to respond formally by the end of January 2013.
The report recommends making the Welsh Baccalaureate 'the overarching framework for qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds.' It says GCSEs and A levels should be retained and strengthened as part of the Welsh Bac.
It also recommends a single body, called 'Qualifications Wales', should be established to 'regulate, approve and assure the quality of all qualifications' in school education, 'bringing in a new and stronger approach to regulation.'
It hopes it will also become the pre-eminent body awarding qualifications in Wales.
GCSEs should continue to form a central part of the school qualifications system in Wales, an independent report has recommended. It says a 'high-quality, robust and distinctive national qualifications system' for Wales should be developed, and supports 'divergence' with other parts of the UK.
GCSEs are being replaced by an 'English Baccalaureate' across the border by 2017.
Wales' richest business man says universities are failing to give students the essential skill of selling. He told ITV Wales Business Correspondent, Carole Green, how he tackles the skill shortage.
Gareth Jenkins is the managing director of toolmaking service FSG Tool and Die in Llantrisant, which has trained hundreds of young engineers. He says basic education skills, such as reading, writing and mathematics, are fundamental to success and is imploring schools to get the basics right.
Huw Evans, OBE, Chair of the review of qualifications says that employers large and small recognised that young people were well qualified. But he says: "sometimes they lack the kind of skill set that [employers] would expect."