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Everyone must do GCSEs

The proposal to remove the minimum age-constraint on the GCSE is commendable; the proposal allowing it to be bypassed is not.

Four or five years without a certified exam is too long. Taking the GCSE en route will keep the pupils on their toes, and give evidence of overall ability and subject aptitude.The results will provide a useful guide for the more specialist A-level studies.

Professor L J Herbst 64 Staindrop Drive Acklame, Middlesbrough

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