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Scotland's results day: Thousands of pupils have exam grades lowered

August 11, 2020

Original Article:

Thousands of Scottish school pupils have received worse results than they had been expecting after the country's exam body lowered 125,000 estimated grades - a quarter of the total.

Exams were cancelled for the first time in history due to the coronavirus. Results were worked out using estimates made by teachers based on the pupil's performance over the school year. However, a national moderation system meant that many pupils received lower grades than originally estimated.

Many pupils have spoken of their disappointment at being given lower grades than they had achieved in prelim exams, with some claiming they have suffered because they are from less affluent areas.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has apologised after accepting her government "did not get it right" over Scottish exam results. Education Secretary John Swinney will set out the government's plan to fix the issue, with Ms Sturgeon saying the onus would not be on students to submit appeals.

Related Articles:

  • The backlash over exam grades in Scotland is a sign of things to come with GCSEs and A-levels in the rest of the UK (iNews)
  • Nicola Sturgeon's SNP branded a 'national shame' after Scottish exam results 'disgrace' (Express)
  • Nicola Sturgeon 'sorry' over Scottish exam results (BBC News)
  • Scottish exam results: What are the options for fixing the system? ( BBC News)


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