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Leighton Andrews:Welsh exam board WJEC\'s \'reputation at stake\'

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Arab Today, arab today Leighton Andrews:Welsh exam board WJEC\'s \'reputation at stake\'

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The reputation of the Welsh exam board is at stake after claims some of its examiners gave teachers unfair advice on upcoming GCSE questions, says the education minister. WJEC has suspended two examiners after the Daily Telegraph said it had filmed them telling teachers at a paid-for seminar which questions to expect. Leighton Andrews said the exam board must sort out the issue quickly. WJEC has started an inquiry and is considering rewriting exam papers. The newspaper sent undercover reporters to 13 professional development seminars organised by boards used by English schools, where the Welsh exam board has become more popular in recent years. It alleges that during these seminars, which cost around £120, teachers were given unfair information. They claim they were \"routinely\" given details about future exams including questions, syllabus areas to focus on, and even the specific words or facts students must use to win marks. It filmed a named WJEC examiner at one such seminar on GCSE history telling teachers that a compulsory question in the exam \"goes through a cycle\" or a pattern of questions. He gives the subjects for the upcoming exam, adding: \"We\'re cheating, we\'re telling you the cycle. Probably the regulator will tell us off.\" Gareth Pierce, WJEC chief executive, told BBC Wales the key issue was whether the advice being given at the seminars was too specific. Specific advice \"In the short term, those examiners have been suspended from their current duties with WJEC pending the investigation being completed,\" he said. He said they hoped to complete the investigation within 48 hours. \"If we find that there has been a change in integrity, fairness of the exam, then obviously we would produce a new version of it,\" Mr Pierce said. Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews said he took the allegations very seriously, adding swift action was necessary from WJEC. \"We will need to be clear about the actions that are necessary,\" he said. \"I\'ve asked my officials to take the issue up and they\'re in close touch with the examination board.\" One WJEC examiner at a seminar appeared to give specific advice relating to which former US presidents candidates should study for GCSE history. He told delegates he had received an email asking how much depth should be taught on Bill Clinton and George Bush. \"The advice is none,\" he said. Kennedy He added: \"My advice is if you think presidents, think Roosevelt, obviously Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan.\" Derec Stockley, director of examinations at WJEC, was asked by BBC Wales whether this was too much detail. \"Advice like that is sometimes given where there may not yet be enough historical sources,\" he said. \"It\'s may be easier to do Kennedy than Clinton for example. \"And such advice is not just given in these events, it\'s given in circulars and email bulletins to teachers across England and Wales.\" Around 18,000 candidates in Wales and England sat WJEC\'s GCSE history exam in 2011. In England, UK Education Secretary Michael Gove has ordered an inquiry into the exam system. In a statement to the Telegraph, WJEC said the seminars confirmed longstanding guidance that had been issued to teachers since 2008. Allegations of malpractice Explaining the information given to teachers at such seminars, Mr Stockley added: \"Advice on the notification of the issues to be assessed in examinations is often given while emphasising the importance of covering all necessary topic areas. \"The advice is available in the WJEC GCSE history teachers\' guide. Educationally, we would say you teach the whole course.\" A Welsh government spokesman said: \"As the qualifications regulator for Wales, the Welsh government takes seriously all allegations of malpractice.\" \"We work with the regulators in England (Ofqual) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) to ensure that qualifications give a fair and reliable indication of knowledge, skills and understanding so that the public can have confidence in the qualifications system. \"The regulators are liaising with each other and the awarding organisations concerned to get a fuller picture of what has happened and will then take any appropriate action promptly and consistently across the three countries.\"  

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