I probably don't need anything more than the title for this one. I mean, who the hell would ever think it was a good a idea to let McDonald's issue qualifications "equivalent to A-levels"? I've nothing against on-the-job training, of course: that's a good thing. And businesses sponsoring people to study for recognised qualifications, and so on: all good.

    But letting businesses issue qualifications that have that equivalence? I thought we were supposed to be worried about the devaluing of A-levels; it seems unlikely that allowing commercial interests to issue them (or their “equivalents”) will do anything other than further lower their value.

    And I feel bound to say: would you like fries with your certificate, sir or madam?