Business chiefs welcome more rigorous exams
EMPLOYERS have welcomed the need for "greater rigour" in light of the new English Baccalaureate Certificate.
The Herald reported earlier this week on pupils and headteachers' concerns over government plans to scrap GCSEs.
Education secretary Michael Gove wants to replace them with the exam-oriented English Baccalaureate Certificate in a bid to halt what he called "grade inflation and dumbing down".
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce chief executive David Parlby embraced the move. "Most employers will welcome the change," he said. "It's a more realistic type of examination.
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"In business, when you make a proposal to make a sale you only have one opportunity and you have to deliver on the day. It's a real life test. You don't get a second chance in business."
Lesley Shorrocks, chair of the Plymouth branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, added: "Employers are often disappointed with the academic standards we see displayed by some young people.
"There is often a poor grasp of English and maths, even though the young people have high GCSE grades. It's not the students' fault – the emphasis on how important these skills are has been downgraded over many years.
"The proof will be in the pudding as far as these changes go, but I think most employers will welcome more rigorous examinations."
However, Plymstock School head and Plymouth Learning Trust chair David Farmer, expressed concerns.
"Do employers want someone with a good memory or someone who can apply themselves?" he said. "It's naturally going to be compared but what about the students with their GCSEs already. It will be interesting to see how will they be viewed.