The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has welcomed the statement by the Minister for Education, John O'Dowd MLA, on the future of qualifications and assessment in Northern Ireland.
In a wide ranging address to the Assembly, the Minister announced his decisions on the review of GCSEs and A levels, future arrangements for end of key stage assessment, and computer based assessment.
CCEA Chief executive Richard Hanna commented:
"The Minister has provided clear direction in these important areas. In the coming days I will be working with my colleagues at CCEA to consider his statement in more detail and working to set in motion plans to take this work forward.
We particularly welcome the Minister's commitment to work collaboratively with educational partners and the teaching profession to resolve outstanding issues regarding successful implementation of assessment policy.
The Minister has also accepted all of CCEA's recommendations on the review of GCSEs and A levels. Our work to implement the recommendations will commence immediately, with plans to both engage and support teachers throughout the change process."
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