DEBATE: Plans to overhaul GCSEs to be scrapped
Today Michael Gove will announce that he has scrapped plans to replace GCSEs with a new English Baccalaureate certificate (EBC).
The decision comes amid concerns within the coalition and from education groups.
Mr Gove unveiled the new qualifications with much fanfare in September last year. His plans would have seen the GCSE replaced by an English Baccalaureate certificate, with the first students beginning syllabuses in English, maths and sciences from 2015, going on to take exams in 2017.
History, geography and languages would have followed. However, concerns were quickly raised by teaching unions an exams watchdog Ofqual, who said the plans were too much too soon.
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They also complained it would make pupils' focus too restricted – restricting the number of creative studies being undertaken by pupils.
Mr Gove's climb-down will be seen as a defeat by many as the plans formed a central part of his agenda.
What do you think about the U-turn? Should we be getting rid of GCSE'S?