WALES'S largest teaching union has welcomed Education Minister Michael Gove's decision not to scrap GCSEs in key subjects in England.
Mr Gove announced to the Commons yesterday that plans to replace some CGCEs with an English Baccalaureate Certificate had been abandoned.
He told MPs: "Last September we outlined plans for changes to GCSE qualifications designed to address the grade inflation, dumbing down and loss of rigour in those examinations.
"We have consulted on those proposals and there is now a consensus that the system needs to change.
"But one of the proposals I put forward was a bridge too far."
Wales policy officer with NUT Cymru, Owen Hathway, said: "This is excellent news for pupils in England and a victory for common sense.
"Welsh pupils were of course already protected from the introduction of a universally criticised Ebacc by the decision to stick with GCSEs.
"That was a decision brought about through a collaborative review and put into action by the Welsh Government."