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Qualifications Review needs to engage with stakeholders - Aled Roberts

January 29, 2013 5:15 PM

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education in the National Assembly, has broadly welcomed the Welsh Government's response to the Review of Qualifications in Wales, but has asked for more detail from the Deputy Minister on how he will implement the review's recommendations.

Commenting, Aled Roberts said:

"We welcomed the Review of Qualifications which reported on 28 November 2012 and the overall aim to provide a world class qualification system for our country.

"Now, as we approach the detail and implementation stage, it is important that the Government acknowledges that they will not rush to make changes to courses and that the education sector is fully involved in changes so that the broad consensus seen at the time of the publication of the review is maintained.

"It is imperative that there is recognition internationally of the quality of any new qualification or regime and in his evidence Huw Evans made it clear that there is a major piece of work necessary on communicating what is being proposed here in Wales and I will be interested to see the strategy for that work.

"There is also a need, given the continuation of A levels, that constructive relationships are maintained across the three countries. We therefore look forward to the further statement on A levels from the Minister in the weeks to come.

"In his evidence to the Children and Young People Committee, Huw Evans acknowledged that the changes to vocational qualifications were more difficult but there is little detail provided in the statement as to how this will be taken forward.

"The statement acknowledges also that this is a significant programme of work and the financial and legal implications will be provided for the National Assembly to debate over the next few months. We look forward to receiving these details and will also seek to ensure that all those affected by these proposals will be encouraged to engage in the process and develop an internationally recognised qualifications system for Wales."