Think again

18th August 2000 at 01:00
FOR an assessment system whose designers have persisted in treating education, with all of the psychological complexities it involves, as a single large spreadsheet of perfectly standardised, perfectly interlocking parts, there is a certain poetic fitness in the fact that the new Scottish qualifications system has been so publicly undermined and humiliated, at the moment of its inauguration, by "computer failure".

It is alo a tragedy for all of the young people directly affected. As well as re-examining the certificates, it is surely also time to reassess the limitations of the mechanistic model on which this system has been designed and its appropriateness to education in the broadest sense as opposed to mechanical programmes of training. Those whom the SQA serves deserve no less.

Robert Bell

Stewarton Drive


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now