HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 c586
54. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether the curriculum prepared by the Central Welsh Board for the school certificate and matriculation is comparable to the standard set by other examining bodies; and whether he has received any representations to the effect that the Central Welsh Board curriculum is too heavy and the standard too high?

Mr. Lindsay

The one complaint received by the Board related to an alleged high standard in the mathematical papers set by the Central Welsh Board. The hon. Member is, no doubt, aware that one of the functions of the Secondary School Examinations Council is to maintain broadly equivalent standards between the various examining bodies. The Report of the Investigators into the School Certificate, issued in 1932, disclosed no appreciable disparity in standards between the Central Welsh Board and other bodies; and I am advised that the current syllabuses are no more exacting in the case of this particular examining body than elsewhere.