HIGHER EXAMS To Be Cancelled For Scottish Pupils For The Second Year in a Row.
Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney has announced that all exams have been cancelled because of the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on pupils. Mr Swinney told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, December 7, that Higher and Advanced Higher exams are being cancelled for the second year in a row after an earlier decision to scrap the National 5 tests.
Swinney explained the reasons behind the decision, he said, quote: “the level of disruption to learners has not been equal”, with pupils from poorer backgrounds more likely to miss school to self-isolate. I will not stake the future of our Higher pupils – whether they get a place at college, university, training or work – on a lottery of whether their school was hit by Covid. Exams cannot account for the differential loss of learning and could lead to unfair results for our poorest pupils. This could lead to pupils’ futures being blighted through no fault of their own. That is simply not fair.”
He added: “While we hope that public health will improve in the coming months, we cannot guarantee that there will be no further disruption to pupils’ learning. In light of this, the question is less whether we can hold the exams safely in the spring and more whether we can do so fairly. However, there is no getting around the fact that a significant percentage of our poorest pupils have lost significantly more teaching time than other pupils. Changing the exams for all does not – and cannot – address that. Instead, we need a model that is more flexible to the specific circumstances of the individual pupil.”
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