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(From Leicester Mercury)
Education Secretary Michael Gove this week revealed plans to scrap GCSEs and replace them with more rigorous O-level-style exams.
Less-able pupils would sit simpler exams, similar to the old CSEs.
If the plans are adopted, pupils would sit the new exams from 2016, with papers set by a single examination board.
The proposals also include a return to individual exams in physics, chemistry and biology instead of a combined science qualification sat by some pupils now.
Maths students would be expected to study complex subjects such as calculus, while English Literature students would have to write longer essays and …