Missing digit;News;News amp; Opinion

10th December 1999 at 00:00
Typex trouble has given Greyfriars primary in St Andrews an undeserved reputation. At first the Catholic school had difficulty understanding their 14 per cent figure for authorised absences, the highest in the country for a primary school.

Prompted by a TESS enquiry, further investigation revealed that a corrected digit was not accurately conveyed to the Scottish Executive. The result was that primary four absences were counted as 6000 instead of 600. This discovery brought the true absence rate down from 14 per cent to six, although too late to avoid embarrassment in the published tables.

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