Pearson PLC – Criticism: Concerns exist around the amount of influence a for-profit company (Pearson) has on public education. … Edexcel’s change from a charity to a profit-making company has led to criticisms and calls into question conflict of interest within the education system.

25 Mar

Criticism

Concerns exist around the amount of influence a for-profit company (Pearson) has on public education.[30] Other concerns are around the multi-million dollar contracts, and in one instance, laying off teachers offset the high costs of testing.

[31] Edexcel is the only large examination board to be held in private hands. Rod Bristow is the leader of Pearson’s UK education business, which includes Edexcel.[32] Edexcel’s change from a charity to a profit-making company has led to criticisms and calls into question conflict of interest within the education system. As a part of Pearson (a private publisher) Edexcel has produced qualifications which link to Pearson texts, although Edexcel also continues to endorse textbooks published by other companies.[14] Edexcel is regulated by Ofqual (the regulator for UK qualifications).

via Pearson PLC – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Pearson PLC is a British multinational publishing and education company headquartered in London. It is the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world.[2][3]

Pearson has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Pearson Professional includes the Financial Times Group, Pearson English, and Pearson VUE. The FT Group provides business and financial news, data, comment and analysis, in print and online. FT Publishing includes: the Financial Times newspaper and FT.com website; a range of specialist financial magazines and online services; and Mergermarket, a financial data vendor.[29] The FT Group also has shareholdings in The Economist Group (50% stake).[29]

Pearson English provides textbooks, digital technologies and education services to teachers and students across English-language learning. Pearson English is made up of: Global English, English language e-Learning for large corporations; Wall Street English, English language schools for business professionals; and Pearson ELT, English language textbooks and e-Learning business.

Pearson VUE is a provider in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards.

 

 

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