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GCSE row: Unions urge WJEC to waive resit fees

Unions NAHT Cymru & ASCL Cymru have written a joint letter to WJEC, asking it to waive fees for re-sitting GCSE English Language units this summer.

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Huw Lewis: 'No pupil will be let down' over GCSE grades

Wales Education Minister' has pledged "I will ensure that there is no child in Wales who is disadvantaged through no fault of their own" on their GCSE English language results.

Interviewed for the first time since schools revealed thousands of pupils had received shock low grades in exams sat in January, Huw Lewis did not rule out ordering a regrade of the papers, or asking thousands of pupils to re-sit the exams this summer.

He told our reporter Tom Sheldrick "the first thing to get right is to make sure the teaching and learning is done properly", acknowledging "it seems as if there are issues in some schools" around how they understood changes to the WJEC exams to make them more rigorous, and how they prepared pupils.

He said an urgent review initiated by the Welsh Government will report back within a few weeks, "then we'll be able to act accordingly."

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