Sturgeon apologises to students over controversial results
Nicola Sturgeon has apologised after accepting her government “did not get it right” over Scottish exam results.
With no exams sat this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) ran a system based on teacher assessments. However, officials then applied a moderation technique which led to about 125,000 estimates being downgraded.
The first minister said this approach was too focused on the “overall system” and not enough on individual pupils.
Education Secretary John Swinney will set out the government’s plan to fix the issue on Tuesday 11 August. Ms Sturgeon said the onus would not be on students to submit appeals.
Opposition parties are pushing for a vote of no confidence in the education secretary. But Ms Sturgeon said she had faith in Mr Swinney and that the row was “not party political”.
Were you among the students given the results? Did they surprise or shock you? Are you pleased the First Minister has apologised?
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