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Exam Howlers or Accidents Waiting to Happen?: a comparison of the regulatory implications of the exam results debacles in Scotland 2000 and England 2002

Professor Brian W Hogwood
Department of Government, University of Strathclyde
Email: b.hogwood@strath.ac.uk|

Date: 18 February 2003
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue
: CARR Seminar Room, H615

Abstract

The presentation compares the regulatory implications of two highly politically salient exam-marking crises in the context of formal ministerial accountability to parliaments, blame-shifting, and 'alphabet soups' of bodies varying in formal status from government department, non-ministerial department, executive agency, statutory non-departmental public body, 'advisory' committees carrying out executive functions, and a range of nominally private bodies, some of which are carrying out 'public' functions. Among the issues introduced are monitoring and regulation in the context of (flawed) change management and separation of regulatory functions from others such as curriculum development and exam-setting and marking.

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