Eight out of 10 for Highers

12th February 1999 at 00:00
SCOTTISH OFFICE figures confirm the findings of last week's TES Scotland survey that few schools will be offering the new Higher in English next session, but that 80 per cent of the revamped Higher courses will go ahead from August.

The national liaison group overseeing the implementation of Higher Still approved the local plans for the changes, which had to be agreed between education authorities and unions.

Helen Liddell, the Education Minister, made a virtue out of necessity and said the figures confirmed there was now "a sound basis" for a complete changeover to the new Higher next year and implementation of the full Higher Still programme by 2003".

Of the eight subjects facing "significant syllabus change", 75 per cent of existing courses will be offered as new Highers in chemistry, 74 per cent in accounting and finance, 65 per cent in technological studies, 54 per cent in computing, 49 per cent in art and design, 25 per cent in home economics (fashion and textile technology), 19 per cent in English and communication, and 18 per cent in administration.

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