Pledge on GCSE exam standards
A WELSH education body says it has taken steps to keep GCSE standards high.
The WJEC, which offers assessment, training and educational resources in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, revealed it had been working closely with the Welsh Government regulator to ensure public confidence in the qualification.
A row broke out last year following the re-grading of some exam papers.
Former Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews recently dismissed claims the Welsh government was “authoritarian and incompetent” over the review, which led to around 2,400 English language pupils getting better results.
The row erupted over the English exams last year as GCSE results were published for pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Mr Andrews claimed Welsh pupils were the victims of an “injustice” after receiving lower grades than expected following a shift in grade boundaries.
The re-grading led to 1,202 students having their grades increased from a D to a C and 598 from a C to a B grade.
But a WJEC spokesman said steps had been taken to ensure GCSEs were top quality.
He said: “WJEC has its own internal quality assurance procedures to ensure that our examinations processes remain of the highest standard.
“We work closely with the Welsh Government regulator whose role is to maintain standards and confidence in qualifications.”
Head teachers had raised fears thousands of pupils could miss out on expected GCSE grades due to “significant turbulence” in this year’s results.
A decision to shake-up the core GCSE subjects and make them even harder had led to heads warning grades are becoming unreliable and incomparable year on year.
They fear it will mean students who were predicted to get grade C in core subjects may not get what they hoped to achieve.
But English exams regulator Ofqual says “standards will be maintained” despite the changes.
Scores of youngsters will be finding out their GCSE results today.