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Commission for Employment & Skills backs Tory calls for QCDA to be scrapped

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is calling for the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority to be scrapped.

Speaking during a Newsnight broadcast last night, chief executive Chris Humphries was questioned over the real value of quangos, and which he thinks should be canned under Tory plans.

He said: “There are far too many quangos in education. I would do what David Cameron said should be done, I would do a proper forensic analysis of the value and impact they have.”

Asked which quangos he would remove, he said: “For me the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority would be one.”

He added: “I’m not a quango specialist I’m an education and training specialist and that is the expertise I bring. I’m not a fan of all quangos but I am a fan of organisations that can add value to Government.”

Speaking during the same show, Taxpayers’ Alliance campaign director Mark Wallace says: “The problem is really that if we have an education system that is not reacting to provide the skills the markets needs we do not need sticking plasters, of which this quango is we need a change in the way the education system works.”

Yesterday Conservative leader David Cameron promised to cut the number of quangos in a bid to reduce public spending.

Under his proposals the QCDA would be transferred to the Department for Children Schools and Families.


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