No hiding place

20th October 2000 at 01:00
I WAS pleased to see pupils giving evidence to the parliamentary education committee inquiry into what went wrong with this year's exams. It wouldn't have happened at Westminster.

As an example of the inclusive openness which the Parliament trumpeted at its inception, it needs to be supplemented by another change of practice. Civil servants should no longer be able to hide thir advice to ministers when there is evidence that something somewhere has gone seriously wrong and ordinary people's interests (like those of SQA candidates) have been affected.

The MSPs who are asking for disclosure are right, and the convoluted promises of half-disclosure through committee chairmen are unsatisfactory.

Mary Ritchie



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