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Gce O-Level

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the retention of the General Certificate of Education at Ordinary level; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend is aware of the strong differences of opinion which exist about the best way to reform the existing dual system of examinations at 16-plus and some of the many letters he has received on this subject favour the retention of separate GCE O-level and CSE examinations. He hopes it will be possible to consult the examination boards in the near future about a detailed statement of Government policy on this issue.