Michael Gove: Telegraph exams probe 'in the finest traditions of public interest journalism'


Education Secretary Michael Gove has praised a Daily Telegraph undercover investigation which reveals the extent to which GCSE and A-level examining boards secretly coach teachers on how to get the best exam results.

They quoted one examiner telling teachers at a paid-for seminar: “We’re cheating, we’re telling you the cycle. Probably the regulator will tell us off.”

Gove, a former Times journalist, said: “The revelations confirm that the current system is discredited. I congratulate the Telegraph on their investigative reporting which is in the finest traditions of public interest journalism.”

The Telegraph journalists secretly filmed seminars where teachers pay £230 a day to hear tips from examiners about how students can pass their exams, which included heavy hints about what questions were going to come up in papers.

This week The Independent has been publishing the results of an undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism into lobbying and PR firm Bell Pottinger.

On Tuesday, Guardian journalist David Leigh told the Leveson Inquiry that use of subterfuge was justifiable in the public interest – revealing that he once hacked the voicemail messages of an arms company executive.

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