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Criticism faced by exams watchdog

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Ken Boston said officials must take responsibility when things go wrong. An inquiry into the fiasco surrounding this summer's Sats tests in England will strongly criticise the exams watchdog, the BBC has learned. Dr Ken Boston, head of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, has resigned ahead of the report into the chaos.

Union leaders said his resignation was 'a tragedy for the education system.' Hundreds of thousands of pupils' test results were delayed and this year's league tables have been postponed. The inquiry's findings are due to be published on Tuesday. Boston, who had held the post since 2002, said his resignation followed the 'delivery failure' for the tests. 'I have always believed in public bodies and public officials taking responsibility when things go wrong,' he said. BBC education correspondent James Westhead said Mr Boston's resignation on Saturday had not yet been accepted by the QCA, which could instead choose to sack him depending on the report's findings.

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