MP Bill Esterson slams Tory-Lib Dem Government for failing to do

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has criticised the Tory-Lib Dem Government for failing to do its homework on plans to replace GCSEs with a new English Baccalaureate.

Tory-Lib Dem education secretary Michael Gove has scrapped his discredited plans to replace GCSEs with the EBacc Certificate (EBC).

Teachers, exams watchdog Ofqual and the influential all-party education committee criticised the Government's plans.

Bill Esterson, who serves on the Education Select Committee, has been a vocal critic of the Tory-Lib Dem education plans.

Bill said: "I am pleased that the government has listened to common sense and done u-turn on the ill-thought out EBacc.

"It is a pity they didn’t do their homework on this important issue and look at the evidence before announcing the policy.

"There were enough education professionals who were warning that the EBacc plans were going to be disastrous for our local schools and for pupils who were going to find themselves less prepared for world of work."

While welcoming the Tory-Lib Dem u-turn, Bill said he still has grave concerns with how the Government is implementing changes to the education system.

Bill said: "I am still concerned that the Tories and Lib Dems are pressing ahead with wrote learning and a linear exam. 

"Qualifications should reflect what is needed in the real world yet Mr Gove insists that young people should be measured purely on their ability to sit a three hour exam. 

"Coursework and assessment during a course is an important way of measuring ability for those students who don’t do well in exams.

"I hope the government will now reconsider its attitude to coursework after its u-turn on EBCs as we need qualifications that prepare young people for the world of work."

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