Although some students did drop out after initially registering, doubtless finding the course too tough or seeking jobs, of those who stayed the course sufficiently to gain any units, about two-thirds gained the full award, of whom the majority applied to university with an 85 per cent success rate. The remaining third have not failed to complete the course - they have simply failed to pass all the assessments and external tests in as many as 15 units - but they can continue and, in fact, there will be another round of tests next month.
The GNVQ is a new development of enormous potential benefit to individuals and to the country in building a high-skill economy. It demands high standards from its students and deserves no less from the Independent in covering its progress.
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