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Market gap

Staff in further education colleges struggling with declining resources and deteriorating working conditions would have been bemused by the report (TES, January 6) that a further Pounds 9 million is to be spent on marketing a National Vocational Qualifications system which has consistently failed to deliver the goods and meet its objectives.

It really is Lewis Carroll logic to spend so much public money on trying to sell a competence-based system to the very people - students, staff and employers - who are the most familiar with its radical flaws and shortcomings.


University of Warwick


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