According to the BBC:

Fast-food giant McDonald’s has become one of the first firms to offer its own nationally recognised qualifications. It will offer a “basic shift manager” course, training staff in skills such as human resources and marketing.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority said the company had been approved to develop courses up to the equivalent of A-level standard.

The QCA will also allow Network Rail and Flybe to award qualifications based on their workplace training schemes.

So, now the role of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is to rubber-stamp bespoke corporate training?

Before we go much further into changing education, we might do well to define its purpose. Is it to produce good employees within the franchise system, or is it to set people free to appreciate our world and to make their own, independent, informed and sensible decisions?

Who gets to choose who goes down which path? What about “equality”? Will everyone ultimately be forced to sit for only narrow vocational qualifications? Where and what are the benefits?

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