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18/09/2012

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 18 September 2012

Have GCSE exams become too easy and straight-forward? Are they failing to stretch school pupils? The Education Secretary Michael Gove thinks so and unveils plans for a new examination system for England.. Susan Hulme reports on how the changes were received in the Commons.
Also on the programme:
* Mark D'Arcy assesses the performance of Iain Duncan Smith, when he defends changes in the benefits system to MPs on the Work and Pensions committee
* Keith Macdougall hears backbench MPs call for British troops to make an early withdrawal from Afghanistan after recent 'insider attacks' in the country on UK and US military personnel
* Conor Bradford has the best of the latest session of First Minister's Questions at the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

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