§ 14. Mr. Ridley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the cost of taking each subject of the "O" level examination and Certificate of Secondary Education examination, respectively.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
As the Answer contains a number of figures, I will with permission circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Ridley
Is it true that the difference is 8s. 6d. and 30s. respectively, or thereabouts? If my figures are correct, why is there such an enormous difference between the cost of these two examinations?
§ Mrs. Williams
The range for G.C.E. subject entry fees is 10s. to 15s. For C.S.E. the subject entry fee ranges from 15s. to 45s. In addition, some G.C.E. boards and some C.S.E. boards ask for an entrance fee. The reason for the difference between G.C.E. and C.S.E. fees is that a smaller number of people up to the present time is going forward for C.S.E. and there are three modes of examination. This puts a heavier burden on each individual examiner, and more of them are required.
§ Following is the information: