Long haul exams;Letter

12th February 1999 at 00:00
ANY experienced teacher knew a year ago that timetabling S4 FoundationGeneral exams and GeneralCredit exams to take place in parallel was a recipe for chaos. And it was.

There were obvious fears of breach of confidentiality when a student left an exam early, and where different exams were sat in the same hall the inevitable disruption would affect the concentration of other candidates.

Now, rather than admit this latest example of their incompetence, the Scottish Qualifications Authority want to bind F and G and G and C papers together. Some 15-year-olds would be in an exam for three and a half hours.

Furthermore, the so-called consultation questionnaire asks how the proposed system should work and not whether we should revert to the SCE exam-based system, which worked well. Do the SQA's officials, ever consider the students, or is administrative convenience the paramount aim?

John Lloyd Strathbeg Drive, Dalgety Bay West, Dunfermline

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