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MPs: Exams should not split

The House of Commons Education Select Committee says Wales, England and Northern Ireland should not rush into separate exam systems. Education Secretary Michael Gove had urged 'the time is now right' to consider splitting off.

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Wales-only GCSEs could push standards up - Plaid

A senior Plaid Cymru politicians says different exam systems in Wales and England could lead to higher standards in Wales. Rhodri Glyn Thomas was responding to the news of Education Secretary Michael Gove's letter to his Welsh and Northern Irish counterparts suggesting a split is on the cards.

The Plaid AM said he 'would welcome the opportunity to separate the exam system in Wales' from that of England and he rejected claims that it could lead to reduced standards, saying

I don't think it necessarily would lead to a situation where standards drop. I would hope it would lead to a situation where standards would rise.

– Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Plaid Cymru

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