Commenting on the publication of the Welsh Labour Government’s ‘rapid fact-finding exercise’ into a big decline in exam results for the new GCSE English Language qualification, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:
“After a month of waiting for answers, this report fails to adequately explain to students, teachers and lecturers why exam results were so much lower than predicted.
“A pupil only has one shot at their education and Labour’s meddling in the curriculum risks leaving students disadvantaged in the global race.
“Students, teachers and parents remain in the dark about how many exam papers will be remarked and how their overall grades will be affected.
“The Welsh Government is apportioning blame to students and the WJEC and disgracefully attacking worried teachers - all in a bid to shift blame for the underperformance of successive Labour Ministers.
“It is little short of a whitewash.
“English language is an essential life skill and students remain in limbo as to their future grades in this critical aspect of their CV.
“The Welsh Government must rapidly learn the lessons of this fiasco and consider delaying the introduction of its five other Wales-only GCSEs, to prevent any other young people going through this stressful and distressing ordeal.”