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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 30th June 2008.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families) 2:30 pm, 30th June 2008

I am grateful for that qualification and for that rebuke to the chief examiner, who has been quoted today. It is also interesting that the use of such language is considered creative by a Government Minister.

In this year's key stage 3 science examination, pupils were asked the following questions: if a star-shaped fossil is found, could it be the remains of a snail, a slug, a ladybird or a starfish?; where does the power come from for a solar-powered mole scarer?; and what part of the rider's anatomy does a riding hat protect? Given that it is possible to secure a good pass—a level 5—in key stage 3 examinations having got just one third of the answers correct, is the Minister satisfied that he is providing a rigorous scientific education for 14-year-olds?

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