Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) Axed By Education Secretary Michael Gove
The Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided to axe the second education quango to be based in Coventry. In a letter to the QCDA Chair Christopher Trinick, Mr. Gove informed him of the government's plan to bring in legislation this autumn to abolish the quango.
In the letter, Gove argues that curriculum setting should rightly be exclusively vested in awarding bodies and the Government and its agencies must not have a role in defining curriculum.
Following the decision to abolish Becta, this is the second education quango axed by the new Conservative - Liberal Democrat Government this week. Following the Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge last summer to remove it, the abolition was not unexpected.
The Quango would continue to do some work especially in administration of Sats tests for pupils for the time being but the Education Secretary made it clear that he wants the QCDA out of curriculum development.
"In other areas, notably qualifications development and the curriculum, I would want the QCDA to withdraw as soon and as far as is practicable, and continue with activities only where it is necessary in order to comply with a statutory duty or where I am clear that not to do so would jeopardise the interests of learners." wrote Mr. Gove in his letter.