DUP Education Committee member and North Antrim Assembly Member Phillip Logan has welcomed the review of GCSE grading in Northern Ireland.
Speaking after the Education Minister made the announcement to the Assembly today he said, ‘It is only a few months since some of the largest exam boards said they would no longer offer GCSE courses in Northern Ireland because the grading system here was not compatible with changes made in England.
Today’s announcement ensures that grades received by pupils in Northern Ireland will be measurable against their counterparts in the rest of the UK. Pupils in Northern Ireland will now not be disadvantaged in gaining access to university courses or to employment. I am delighted the Minister has not only acted decisively on this issue, but done so quickly after taking office.
Schools will now also have a greater choice of exam boards returned to them with the news that AQA, OCR and Pearson exam bodies will make their GCSE specifications available again with immediate effect.
The Minister must be congratulated for finding a positive and practical solution to an issue which has caused concern for some months now.’