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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ASCL: Spare parents and schools GCSE re-sit costs

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru says schools and parents should not be charged for English GCSE re-sits after January's poor results.

The immediate concern must be the fact that we have students who have received grades that do not reflect their abilities and which are far below expectation.

Given that schools and teachers have been exonerated, ASCL insists that schools should not have to pay for these re-sits, at great cost to their budgets. It is also unfair for parents to be asked to pay directly for them.

The minister has an opportunity to show leadership and support ASCL’s call that the cost of these re-sits should not be placed upon schools and parents.

– Robin Hughes, ASCL Cymru Secretary

The union added that the new regulator, Qualifications Wales, should consider "whether any grades at all should be given for January entries".

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