October 18, 2004

Education Shake-Up


On the face of it the planned shake-up of the GCSE and A Level system appears to be a step in the right direction. The Tomlinson Report recommends scrapping the current examination system and replacing it with a broader, continental-style baccalaureate. At its core, the plan recognises that many children coming out of the current education system lack the skills necessary for the work force. However, there's little or no point just rebadging a failing system. If a broader range of skills is what the economy really needs, then the system has to provide that. Above all, it must allow for equal opportunities and not continue down the road of elitism (in the worst sense of the word) and tiered education that the Blair government has been following.