The Parliament's education committee, which rightly is keeping an eye on things, brought forward its latest (not very informative) inquisiion of the SQA's chief executive. Hiccups in the flow of information are still occurring. Schools are complaining of mistakes and delays. But our week-by-week survey in ScotlandPlus does not suggest impending crisis. The main worries centre on the assumption that the greatly increased volume of Higher Still presentations this year (including Advanced level) is bound to intensify problems and that the SQA should have listened to calls for simplified procedures and certificates.
Come August each and every mistake is bound to be reported and magnified. Before last year any minor flaws in a system coping with hundreds of thousands of scripts went unrecorded. There will be no shelter for the SQA this time, nor for ministers.