In a move that could change the approach to teaching jobs, all qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds in Wales are to be assessed as part of a major review launched today.
Announcing the review, deputy skills minister Jeff Cuthbert said that it could lead to funding changes for many courses.
Qualifications deemed to have little value in terms of the advantages they offer both students and the economy may have their funding scrapped.
The Welsh government currently provides funding to over 10,000 different qualifications.
Mr Cuthbert said that the review will consider all qualifications taken by 14 to 19-year-olds, including GCSEs, A-levels and the Welsh Bac, though primary focus will go to vocational qualifications.
The deputy skills minister, a Welsh Labour Party Assembly Member, said that he wants to give a priority to qualifications which are valuable to the future of the economy and provide pupils with the best chances for future employment or higher education.
He said: "Our vision is to ensure that we have qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds that meet the needs of Wales, are understood and valued.
"I want to ensure public money is focused in the right direction to help provide the skilled workforce our economy needs."
The review marks the enactment of Welsh Labour's manifesto pledge to simplify the qualifications system.
An additional aim of the investigation is to try and ensure that Welsh qualifications are respected, understood and valued.
With this in mind the review is set to consider which qualifications are the most appropriate for the future of Welsh education.
Endorsing the review, David Evans, secretary of the Welsh National Union of Teacher (NUT), said: "Hopefully it will offer an opportunity for people throughout the teaching profession to provide the minister with constructive feedback," WalesOnline.co.uk reported.
Mr Evans added that the Welsh NUT were pleased that the minister is looking to simplify the qualifications system, directing the review to consider the impact changing the system would have on teachers' workloads.
Posted by Alan Douglas