Commenting on the announcement that only half the expected number of pupils will take diplomas this year, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:"Employers have supported the principle behind diplomas because there is a clear need for an education system that can combine both academic and vocational learning. Businesses have invested a considerable amount of time to help establish these diplomas and it is disappointing that take up this year has been slashed because of a lack of preparation."The Government needs to do much more to help schools, teachers and pupils prepare for the diplomas or the credibility of the new qualifications will be damaged before they even get off the ground."