The number of Advanced GNVQ registrations for this year was 80,290 - down 10,749 in a year - and less than a tenth the number of entries for A and AS levels. These figures, released by the Joint Council for General Qualifications, come as GNVQs are replaced by the new vocaional A-levels as part of the Curriculum 2000 reforms. They support arguments that this addition to the plethora of post-16 qualifications has not raised standards.
GNVQs have not lived up to their billing as vocational alternatives to A-levels, according to the Office for Standards in Education and the Further Education Funding Council.
Modern apprenticeships shunned: see www.tesfefocus.co.uk