§ 18. Mrs. Maureen Hicks
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment has been made of the success of AS-levels.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
There were 37,000 AS examination entries in summer 1989, the first year of the new examination. A total of 61 per cent. gained grades A to E. The School Examinations and Assessment Council has been asked to provide guidance to schools on A/AS combinations and to lay down principles governing A/AS syllabuses. Both measures should help to raise achievement in AS examinations.