Grade E for proposed A-level reforms

The lesser the role of government in A-levels, the better

Commenting on Education Secretary Michael Gove's proposed changes to A-level exams, Prof Philip Booth, Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:



"After twenty years of failed policy during which we have seen more and more meddling by politicians in examination systems, Michael Gove seems to want to compound the errors of his predecessors through his proposed reforms to A-level exams. Some time ago Michael Gove announced that the universities would have a bigger role in developing A-levels. Now it appears that this will be a small group of universities and that their role will mainly involve doing as they are told by the Secretary of State.
 


"Universities and employers have an interest in ensuring that examinations are fit for purpose. They should be responsible for determining exam structures and syllabi together with bodies such as professional associations and Chambers of Commerce. The less the government has to do with the process the better."

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