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Sector news, 3 - 7 September 2012

Michael Gove says GCSEs unfit for purpose The Independent, 4 September 2012

Michael Gove has refused to intervene in the row over English GCSE grade boundaries, warning that the exams are "unfit for purpose". He told MPs it was downt o Ofqual and exam boards to decide how to mark papers, and rejected calls to order a regrading of this summer’s English GCSE.

Border Agency blamed for student visa 'chaos' The Independent, 4 September 2012

The UK Border Agency has been condemned by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee for causing chaos in the student visa system, allowing 50,000 additional fake or illegitimate students to gain entry to the UK in a single year. Last week London Metropolitan University had its licence to bring in students from outside the EU removed , leaving many legitimate students facing deportation.

New university access chief warns Oxford and Cambridge over intake Guardian, 3 September 2012

The government's university access tsar has warned Oxford and Cambridge they risk losing their status as world-class universities if they fail to widen their entry to include more students from state schools. In his first interview, Les Ebdon, who started work as the new head of the Office for Fair Access (Offa) on Monday, told the Guardian that if the universities wanted to retain their positions they needed to access the full range of society, or they were losing a large amount of potential.

GCSEs need thorough overhaul, says Ofsted chief Guardian, 2 September 2012

GCSE exams should be "thoroughly overhauled" to tackle declining standards and the slump in England's ranking in global education league tables, the chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has said. He called on the education secretary to look at whether the whole system is “credible enough”.