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Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, responding to reports that the Government will redesign the engineering diploma so that it is equivalent to four GCSEs, said:   

"Another day, another shambolic u-turn. This is yet another exam fiasco caused by Michael Gove’s incompetent and out of touch approach.   

"In January, the Government downgraded the engineering diploma from being worth five GCSES to only being worth one, even though the work needed is equivalent to five subjects. Now they are saying there will be courses worth four GCSEs, but only from 2016. How many students will be put off doing engineering in that time?   

"The original course was rigorous and respected by employers, having been designed with input from the Royal Academy for Engineering, JCB, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems. A leading engineering employer said the decision to downgrade the diploma was the ‘death knell’ for engineering." 


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