Letter: GNVQ system working well

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Sir: Your alarmist headline "Exam board errors cause college chaos" (29 August) betrays a misunderstanding of a process that has been agreed by the GNVQ awarding bodies and Ucas (the universities' admissions services), and which is well understood by the schools and colleges.

Because of the nature of the assessments in GNVQ, candidates will not all complete their courses at the same time. Each week the awarding bodies notify Ucas of results. If there are candidates that need fast-track confirmation they can ring a hotline number which has been widely publicised.

The system is working well and as intended.

Dr NICK CAREY

Chairman

Joint Council of National Vocational Awarding Bodies

London WC1

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