Welsh Exam Regulator Considers Online-Sitting for Future GCSEs

By Gary Cutlack on at

GCSE exams in Wales could be sat online in some imaginable future timeline, with the idea being but one within the Welsh regulator's list of systemic changes about to be put out to consultation.

2026 is when any changes may hit, so there's still plenty of time to spend billions of pounds on an overly complicated system that doesn't work very well and teachers and examiners and students all hate. Qualifications Wales boss David Jones said: "It doesn't seem right if children spend most of their life using technology and then once or twice a year they have to go back to do traditional examinations that are at least 50 years old."

Which sort of makes sense, although you could also say "exams have worked for ever so don't bother changing them" and see how that goes down with the consultees. Jones is sure, though, and added: "...ultimately, at some point in the future, we have to have significantly more electronic assessment – or we risk being left behind by the rest of the world." [BBC]

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