Market wisdom

30th December 1994 at 00:00
You report that the Secretary of State for Education is considering approving only a limited numbers of syllabuses in each GCSE subject (TES, December 9). That would be a return to the position before 1991, the year in which GCSE was destabilised by a series of changes in Government policy. We could be critical of several years of wasteful proliferation of syllabuses. But perhaps we should also celebrate one small sign that this Government is at last realising that "let the market decide" is not a sound basis on which to build a fair and efficient public system of education.

RICHARD DAUGHERTY

The University of Wales

Aberystwyth, Dyfed

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