GCSE regrade row

The Welsh Government was warned that regrading GCSE exams in English would 'seriously damage' the integrity of the qualification. The comments were made by the WJEC exam board in emails released by the Welsh Government.

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Education Minister issues direction to the WJEC on English GCSE re-grade

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

Yesterday the Minister sought an undertaking that the WJEC would re-grade the qualification.

A spokesperson has told ITV Wales that no such undertaking has been received, resulting in the issue of a formal direction this afternoon.

The Minister for Education, Leighton Andrews, said:

Yesterday, I published a serious, thorough and detailed report from my regulatory officials which stated that this year's awards were unfair to candidates. It is not right that hundreds of our learners should have to live with the consequences of having been awarded what, in all likelihood, is the wrong GCSE grade.

We are fortunate in Wales that we have a regulatory system which allows swift resolution of injustice. We have acted to protect the interests of students in Wales by issuing the direction to the WJEC.

– Education Minister Leighton Andrews AM

The Minister says that he has given the WJEC seven days to implement the required re-grading.

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