§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether his Department will undertake a survey of secondary pupils' attitude towards subjects on the school curriculum and the ways in which 427W those attitudes may be affected by the absence as well as by the presence of examinations; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Boyson
We have no plans to undertake such a survey. Examinations can serve as a useful stimulus to good performance, but they should be designed and used to serve the education process; and some parts of the curriculum do not lend themselves to external assessment.