Exams: Teachers in Scotland demand clarity on grades

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is under pressure to ensure young people in the last two years of school are not severely disadvantaged by the Coronavirus pandemic.

With schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, exams cancelled and no requirement to submit coursework, teachers, parents and pupils are in the dark about how grades can be awarded that accurately reflect ability and effort.

While teaching unions have broadly welcomed the enhanced role their members will have in estimating grades, some young people and parents have voiced frustration that they will no longer have the chance to sit exams.

Particular concerns focus on university admissions – UCAS have offered only a two-week extension to the May deadline for pupils to accept offers.

The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee has written to the SQA with a raft of questions, including many from teachers, about the practical implications of the schools shutdown.

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