Exam grading debacles in Scotland and today’s A-level results have provoked a backlash amongst students, teachers and parents. The current system is failing young people, depriving them of their future. We need to fight for change.
Continue reading Exam results fiasco exposes capitalism’s ‘drive for failure’
by Chris Herriot, De Montfort University UCU
After a backlash from school students and opposition politicians, Education Secretary John Swinney has announced that thousands will have their grades increased.
Continue reading ScotGov Forced into U-Turn on SQA Results
by Shaun Morris
The “moderation” of exam grades allocated by the SQA leads to anger as schools in poorer areas have their results disproportionately downgraded.
Continue reading SQA results scandal: Capitalism means inequality
by Finlay Stevenson
The point is hammered without fail, at every chance SNP ministers have to mention it: all Scottish students are entitled to free university tuition. A noble initiative, one that would clearly appear on first inspection to be the epitome of progressive civic policy – each citizen, regardless of social class, given a chance to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer or any other profession they so desire. On the surface, this would suggest that Scotland’s higher education system is characterised by the values of equality and social mobility. But beneath the SNP’s egalitarian rhetoric lies a more complex reality. Continue reading The Masked Inequality in Scottish Education