Leighton Andrews pleased at 'U-turn' in England on scrapping GCSEs

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Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews has welcomed news that UK Education Secretary Michael Gove is set to scrap his plans to replace some GCSE exams in England with a new tougher qualification, the English baccalaureate certificate in English, maths and science from 2015.

Mr Andrews decided to keep GCSEs and A levels in Wales following a review of the system and says Mr Gove's expected U-turn decision in England shows a renewed faith in the validity of GCSEs.

"I'm glad to welcome a repentant sinner," he told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast on Thursday morning.

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