I can say that when I was a pupil myself (not yesterday but while O grades were lingering into the era of Standard grades ) I had a tutor for a weak subject in fourth year - chemistry -and I got an O grade "pass" that my prelim exam had suggested was out of the question.
Then in sixth year I was helped to an extra "crash" Higher by another tutor and so ensured the university place I was hoping for.
Discriminatory because my parents could afford the fees? I suppose so, but we can't expect parents and pupils to abide by a self-denying ordinance until the Government's social inclusion policy produces a level playing-field. Teachers should also live in the real world.
Emma Gibson Livingston