It ain't over till the review ends

16th February 2001 at 00:00
MICHAEL Austin had a bit of a go at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority over the decision to withdraw intermediate and foundation GNVQs last week.

I queried this with QCA and got the following response from Marianne Talbot of the QCA's Qualifications Development Team.

"The future of foundation and intermediate GNVQs (six-unit awards) has not yet been decided. The Secretary of State asked QCA to include questions about them as part of the vocational GCSE (based on foundation and intermediate thee-unit GNVQs) consultation last autumn. Responses to the consultation strongly supported the retention of the six-unit awards. But QCA is yet to receive a response from ministers on that issue.

"The Secretary of State has also recently asked QCA to review the coherence of vocational provision; I am sure GNVQs will feature in that advice also."

What was Mr Austin complaining about? Or is someone not being entirely truthful here ?

Paul Garcia

24 Rowan Drive Turnford, Hertfordshire

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