Gove ‘O-level’ plan sparks uproar

Michael Gove has ignited a furious coalition row with the Liberal Democrats by proposing to abolish the GCSE, the exam traditionally taken by 16 year-olds.

Teaching unions also opposed the proposal, as did the chair of the HMC, an association of 250 private schools. Kenneth Durham warned against: “A knee-jerk return to a nostalgic ‘golden age’ of O-levels.”

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