'Championing the rights of children'

Children sitting too many GCSEs, exam board boss says

Garry Thu 28 Nov 2013 19:36

Andrew Hall, chief executive of AQA, says that children should sit fewer exams in the future as part of a major shake-up of the education system designed to meet the needs of the modern economy.

Education standards are under threat because teenagers are being forced to sit up to 15 GCSEs at school, according to the head of the country’s biggest exam board.

Pupils are failing to develop key life skills after being pushed into taking a “vast number” of exams during secondary education, it was claimed.

Andrew Hall, chief executive of the AQA board, suggested that all pupils should take no more than eight GCSEs to provide more time for extra-curricular activities, community volunteering and work experience.

He also admitted that some teachers had lost trust in the examining process because of poor marking, adding: “On occasions every exam board gets things wrong.”

The comments were made as the organisation launched a major project designed to map how the exams system will look within the next 12 years.

Read more... (Daily Telegraph - 27 November)