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International GCSE

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment. (96728)

The bulk of DFID recruitment is for advisory, specialist or senior managerial roles. A prerequisite for these posts is a university education and relevant degree. DFID may recognise the international GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment to junior administrative roles. The literacy and numeracy of new recruits to these posts would be tested using standard short answer tests.