2,300 pupils set to get better English grades
MORE than 2,300 Welsh pupils were set to receive improved English Language GCSE grades today.
The Welsh Government said the WJEC examining board had confirmed the increased scores, with 1,202 students having their grades increased from a D to a C and 598 from a C grade to a B.
A lowering of grade boundaries also meant there were some changes at other grades, resulting in an overall figure of 2386 receiving raised grades.
The Welsh Government, as regulator of examinations in Wales, issued a direction to the WJEC last week to re-grade this year's GCSE English Language results after a review found there were significant problems with the methodology used to award grades.
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Following the announcement from the WJEC, Education Minister Leighton Andrews said: "What we have seen today is the swift resolution of an injustice served to well over 2,000 Welsh candidates.
"The decision to direct the WJEC to re-grade was about fairness and ensuring that Welsh students got the grades they deserved for the work they put into their examination.
"We are grateful to those examiners and other staff of the WJEC who worked tirelessly to ensure that candidates received their revised grades on time.
"This announcement was the only acceptable outcome for learners affected by a questionable grading methodology. Candidates can now rest assured that the process used to determine their final grades was fair and just."
The WJEC also said it was "extremely interested" in developing new qualifications proposed for England.
A spokesman said: "WJEC is extremely interested in developing ambitious new EBC qualifications proposed for England. We are also keen to continue playing a leading role in developing qualifications for Wales, following completion of the 14-19 qualifications review."
Meanwhile Swansea West MP Geraint Davies has warned that Government plans to abolish GCSEs in England will "devalue" the education system and shoot "a hole in the economy".
Mr Davies was speaking after UK Education Secretary Michael Gove unveiled proposals to replace GCSEs with a revamped English Baccalaureate quali fication from 2017.
Questioning the minister in the House of Commons, Mr Davies asked if Mr Gove understood that abolishing GCSEs would "discredit the qualifications of everyone under the age of 50, and the likely qualifications of those taking GCSEs over the next five years, thus devaluing the currency of education in Britain and shooting a hole in the economy?"
In response the education secretary said it was the previous Labour Government which had "devalued" education.
Mr Gove said: "The things that contribute to improvement are governments committed to raising the bar, head teachers liberated to do a superb job and two parties coming together to make sure that we modernise our examination system in a genuinely internationalist way.
"If the honourable gentleman wants to be part of that process, we will welcome him; if he wants to carp from the sidelines, sadly, history will leave him behind."