John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of Business Industry, warned that GCSEs encourage ‘teaching to the test’ and aren’t delivering the key skills needed in the workplace The Guardian reports.
The leading business organisation is concerned that 40% of pupils fail to achieve five A-C passes and believes that abandoning the qualification could result in a more rounded education. “There’s something about this GCSE funnel which produces a prescribed form of learning which seems to be teaching for the test,” Mr. Cridland said, “It frustrates teachers because it stops them delivering that inspirational classroom experience.”
He argued that employers have more faith in A levels than GCSEs and that raising the school leaving age to 18, which will come into effect in 2015, is an opportunity to reform the system, replacing GCSEs as a measure in school league tables with A-levels.
Do you think GCSEs are past their sell-by date? Do they frustrate you?