On the other hand, ministers express serious concern that quite a few schools have lowered their targets by more than the permitted 1 per cent. Could it not be that these very same schools are the ones whose targets are wrong, and therefore they have every justification in reducing them?
Nowhere have I seen these two facts brought together, the tenor of all ministerial and Scottish Office comment on the lowering of targets being disappointment at schools not "taking up the challenge".
I would like to know how condemnation of schools lowering targets can be justified in the light of the acknowledged provisional nature of the target-setting process.
Alison Kirby Convener Scottish Parent Teacher Council