Gove denies political interference in GCSEs

Published on Friday, 24 August 2012 09:23
Posted by Scott Buckler

Education Secretary Michael Gove denied political interference in this year's GCSE results, as A*-C grades fell for the first time in the exam's history

Mr Gove insisted exam boards made their own decisions about where to set grade boundaries, amid claims of last minute changes to English GCSE boundaries.

Head teachers are angry at a drop in the number of pupils who achieved at least a grade C in their English GCSE.

The row broke out as about 658,000 16-year-olds received their results.

Across all subjects, the proportion of GCSE entries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland awarded at least a C has fallen for the first time since the exams replaced O-levels in 1988.

This year's results, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), show 69.4% of all subject entries earned grades A*-C, compared with 69.8% last year.

Pupils receiving A* and A grades were down from 23.2% last year to 22.4%.

Source: ©BBC News

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