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Examination results rise but standards fall. The New Labour legacy.


Northern Ireland has no OFSTED but an ETI, the Education and Training Inspectorate, who share the same office space in Rathgael House as the DENI Permanent Secretary. For the past decade they have had no league tables to hinder their “prizes for everyone” approach to the exams business.

It will be interesting to monitor CCEA’s approach to reforming the examination system given their ready adoption of the equivalent subject and qualification approach adopted by the British system. It fooled noone, particularly the universities and employers.  Since education is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland there may be an expectation of an immediate decline in performance if the equivalencies are removed along  with a renewed emphasis on grammar and punctuation in marking examinations.