Newspaper review: Focus on education and jobs


The main story for the Times is that Education Secretary Michael Gove is ready to replace GCSE exams in England with new ones from 2015 - what are being dubbed I-levels, or "Intermediate" levels.

It says coursework will disappear in all core subjects except science, in the most sweeping reform to exams for a generation.

The exam will be graded from one to eight - with grade eight replacing A-star as the top achievement.

According to the paper, England's exam regulator Ofqual says a new name for GCSEs is needed because the Welsh Assembly insists on retaining the title GCSE for its unreformed exams, which will retain modules and assessed coursework.

The government's new social mobility tsar tells the Daily Telegraph, in an interview for its main story, that parents should not help their children into jobs.

James Caan, the entrepreneur and former Dragons' Den panellist, says too many parents are eager to provide their children with the opportunity of work experience at top companies.

Instead, he adds, parents should "let the child stand on his own two feet" and use their influence only if they fail to find work after a year.

Meat advice

Two different food stories make the front pages of the Mail and Express.

The Daily Mail leads with a report by MPs that urges families to stop eating meat on a daily basis - to avoid potential food shortages in the UK.

On a timely note, the Daily Express says new research shows that a vegetarian diet can be the key to living a longer and healthier life.

The American study suggests that cutting meat from the daily intake may be all that's needed to slash the risk of heart disease and early death.

The study into the lives of more than 70,000 people found that those who shunned meat and fish completely had the best lifespan benefits.

Auf Wiedersehen

The longest word in the German language - at 63 letters - has been scrapped.

The Guardian says the word was introduced in 1999 during the BSE crisis.

According to the Daily Telegraph, it means the "law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling".

But, the Times reports, the word died with the ending of strict inspection requirements for cattle.

The Independent says few German linguists were in mourning.

Welcome return

Finally, Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea Football Club is warmly welcomed.

The Guardian recalls that in his first spell as manager he made himself one of the most quotable and charismatic adornments of football's 24/7 media circus.

For the Daily Mirror he was always good value - win, draw or lose.

We look forward to Premier League fireworks now the ego has landed, it adds.

The Independent says that when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down last month English football was all set to be quieter, less pugnacious and arguably less interesting. Now we can be sure of entertainment.

The Daily Telegraph agrees - football probably needs a manager all fans can either love or loathe, it says.

But the paper has this plea; let us try to at least enjoy the summer feast of Wimbledon, the Lions tour and the Ashes first.

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