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Gce Examinations

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement of his policy on the future of GCE advanced level and equivalent examinations.

It is too early for such a statement. As my right hon. and learned Friend reported to the House on 3 July—[Vol. 969, c. 1087]—he has decided against replacing GCE A-level examinations with any other examination for the foreseeable future. He has, however, invited the views of the Schools Council on other possible changes in the sixth form examination structure. That advice, which he expects to receive by the end of this year, will be considered along with the recently published report from Professor Keohane's committee on the Schools Council's proposals for a certificate of extended education.