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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

GCSEs not fit for purpose, CBI claims

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has claimed that modern GCSEs are not doing enough to educate children and ultimately prepare them for the world of work.

John Cridland, CBI’s director general, has argued that British business is currently faced with a shortage of key skills, and has expressed concern that 40 per cent of young people are failing to achieve the benchmark of five good GCSE passes.

He explained that the current model 'teaches to the test' and prepares people to pass an exam, rather than preparing them to enter the workplace with key skills.

At the launch of a CBI inquiry into education, Mr Cridland commented: "There's something about this GCSE funnel which produces a prescribed form of learning which seems to be teaching for the test.

"It frustrates teachers because it stops them delivering that inspirational classroom experience, and you see young people being switched off."

He has argued that the answer to plugging the UK's skills gap is to raise the compulsory school leaving age to 18, so that young people have longer to hone their skills, and replacing GCSEs with A-levels as a means of measuring school performance in league tables.

"We need to give school leaders more freedom to motivate, to recognise, to reward high performance, and deal with poor performance, and I would go further, we need to give teachers more freedom to teach," Mr Cridland added.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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