Wales politics

Exams regulator Qualifications Wales Bill unveiled

Exam paper
Image caption The bill will ensure the exam regulator's independence from the Welsh government

A new independent body to regulate exams in Wales is a step closer with a bill to set up the post unveiled.

Qualifications Wales will be launched by September 2015 to oversee the "integrity and rigour" of the system.

Education Minister Huw Lewis said it would ensure exams in Wales meet the needs of learners and employers, and promote public confidence in them.

It follows a row over GCSE results in 2012 which led to the Welsh government ordering some papers be re-graded.

The dispute over claims of harsh marking of GCSE English papers has resulted in a divergence in non-degree exam systems for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Following controversy over the then Education Minister Leighton Andrews's decision to order the re-grading of papers, a review recommended setting up a regulator at arm's length from the Welsh government and awarding organisations such as WJEC.

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