GNVQs are `already popular'

November 18, 1994

General National Vocational Qualifications were vigorously defended as "along the right lines" and "already extremely popular" by Tim Boswell, minister for further and higher education, at a conference this week.

He reaffirmed the Government's commitment to A levels, arguing that a "package" of A levels and GNVQs was a good combination for many students.

Speaking at a conference on "The Admissions Maze", organised by the University of North London, Mr Boswell's speech contrasted with a presentation by Brian Roper, vice chancellor of the University of North London, who called for the introduction of a British baccalaureate.

"More than 25 per cent of those who start A levels either don't complete them or fail after two years' work. This is a shocking waste of human potential." He criticised the use of predicted A level grades rather than actual grades in the admissions system.

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