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Study Finds Costly Duplications in Exam System

Magazine article Public Finance

Study Finds Costly Duplications in Exam System

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An independent report into the escalating cost of Britain's exam system published this week has spotlighted what it claims is a 'huge amount of superfluous or duplicated information'.

The study, which was sponsored by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and conducted by accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, reported that the cost of exams across schools and colleges in 2O03/04 was E61Om and concluded that savings could be made.

Researchers found that E370m was spent on exam boards, test centres and the QCA, with a further £24Om spent on staff administering exams. The study assessed the cost of Key Stage 3 tests, as well as GCSEs and A-levels.

The QCA said it was already attempting to streamline its procedures and make savings.

But Dr John Dunford, general secretary of the secondary Heads Association, said the report showed 'a tragic waste of national resources', claiming that pupils were subject to too many exams. …

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