Heads blow the whistle

18th August 2000 at 01:00
PRELIMINARY results from members of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland, covering 2,000 pupils, reflect the pattern of awards which has left schools fuming and the credibility of the SQA in tatters.

Around 3 per cent of pupils in the eight secondaries surveyed received no certificate and another 3 per cent were credited with units they did not take or failed to be credited with those they did it. There was also "a more significant divergence than usual" between performance estimates and pupils' actual awards.

Donald Matheson, the HAS's president, commented: "This must not be seen as a failure of Higher Still courses - which have gone very well. The schools have delivered but, unfortunately, the centre has not and that has implications for the future which must be considered."

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