Rishi Sunak plans to replace A-levels with the Advanced British Standard qualification, merging academic and technical education and making maths and English compulsory until 18.
Why it matters
The proposed reform aims to address the shortcomings of the current post-16 education system in England and provide students with a broader range of skills. It could have significant implications for students, teachers, and the future workforce.
What the papers say
The Times says the reform is overdue and necessary to meet the needs of a changing economy, while The Guardian highlights concerns about funding and teacher shortages. The Independent questions the feasibility of the plans and criticizes the government for not addressing more pressing issues in education. The Mirror raises concerns about the potential disruption to students already affected by the pandemic and other challenges.
How we got here
The current A-level system in England has been criticized for its lack of breadth and relevance to the future job market. The proposed reform aligns with recommendations from the Times Education Commission and aims to create a new qualification that combines academic and technical subjects.
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