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Committee puts Twitter questions to Gove

Education Secretary Michael Gove has faced questions sent in from members of the public via Twitter, during an evidence session with the Education Committee on 31 January 2012.

At the start of the session, Committee chair Graham Stuart said that more than 5,000 questions had been submitted.

Topics covered included free schools, the pupil premium and school accountability.

At the start of the session, Mr Gove faced questions on his announcement that hundreds of vocational qualifications would no longer count in school league tables.

He said that for too long the system had been "devalued" by attempts to pretend that all qualifications were the same.

Mr Gove said that the country had been "scarred" by poorer children doing less well academically.

He hit out at the attitude from opponents that the new baccalaureate system "was just for posh kids".

MPs are seeking to embrace social media and parliamentary rules were relaxed last year allowing them to tweet while in the Commons chamber and committee meetings.

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