Candidate gives Scottish Government an A+ for passing the buck

The Scottish Government has been accused of passing the buck to avoid taking responsibility for another looming crisis for young people.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 6:07 pm
Aberdeenshire East candidate Graeme Downie

Despite a pledge National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher pupils would be graded based on teacher judgement and continuous assessment, the SQA now expects schools to produce evidence of pupils’ attainment under exam-like conditions.

As a result, thousands of pupils have returned to school after Easter to face an intense month of tests before the initial SQA deadline at the end of May.

Petitions have urged the SQA to change its approach, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claims the situation has been “misrepresented”.

She said: “Teacher judgement has to have some evidence. The balance between course work and assessments is part of the methodology that has been worked out with teachers.”

Labour’s candidate for Aberdeenshire East at the Scottish Parliament election, Graeme Downie, said: “Young people have been working hard for the past few months on work prepared diligently by teachers and were told there would be no exams.

“Now we find that work might be a waste of time as teachers cannot use it as evidence for their awards, with candidates facing a compressed exam programme with limited time to prepare .”

“The SNP do not trust young people or teachers but have made sure they can blame the SQA, councils or even schools if there is another year of chaos.”