chapter  7
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The School Certificate Examination

The Consultative Committee, asked by the Board to investigate the whole question of examinations in secondary schools, reported in 19 I I that the system of external examinations conducted by very diverse and independent bodies was having a restricting effect on the curriculum of secondary schools. Subjects which were not required for examination purposes might well be neglected by either teachers or pupils In the pressure from parents and boys to secure a certificate, and indeed some of the witnesses 'testified that such subjects as the various forms of handicraft and domestic science were apt to be squeezed out of the curriculum altogether'.1