All exams in Wales should be scrapped in favour of assessments next summer after disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a panel has said.
The independent review set up by the Welsh Government said any form of exams in 2021 would be unfair.
Exam regulator Qualifications Wales also said GCSE exams should be scrapped but some A-level papers should remain.
Education Minister Kirsty Williams said she would consider both recommendations and announce a decision on 10th November.
The Welsh Conservatives have welcomed Qualifications Wales’ advice, but have raised concerns about the conflicting recommendations by both Qualifications Wales and the panel.
Pupils have lost months of learning due to school shutdowns in the last academic year.
In August, an algorithm was applied to A-level grades to “standardise” them, leading to an uproar when 42 per cent were moderated grades lower than teacher assessments.
It led to pupils sitting GCSE, A-level, AS-levels and Welsh Baccalaureate receiving the highest grade, whether that was their teacher’s prediction or the standardised grades.
Publishing its interim report, the independent panel’s chair Louise Casella, director of the Open University in Wales, recommended all qualifications in 2021 be awarded “on the basis of robust and moderated assessment undertaken in schools and colleges”.
Picture: Students sitting an exam. (monkeybusinessimages).