Welsh Government downplays expectations over GCSE results

The Shadow Education Secretary – Darren Millar AM – has described as “disappointing” attempts by Welsh Government to downplay expectations over GCSE results this summer.

The Welsh Labour Government and its Education Secretary are blaming schools for entering too many pupils to sit exams a year early.

They have also pointed to the first year of GCSE English and Welsh exams that are unique to Wales. However, Mr Millar said that new exams were not an excuse for declining results.

He said:

"It's disappointing to see the Welsh Government seeking to downplay expectations.

"Just because we are having new GCSEs doesn't necessarily mean that we will get poorer results.

"Welsh Ministers should have more faith in the ability of the teachers and pupils across Wales who have been working towards these qualifications."