John Swinney to address concerns over SQA results

The Education Secretary for Scotland John Swinney has said on twitter that he will "address" the anger over Scottish SQA exam results on Tuesday.

He wrote on twitter: "I have heard the anger of students who feel their hard work has been taken away from them and I am determined to address it.

"These are unprecedented times and as we have said throughout this pandemic, we will not get everything right first time."

He said he will set out a series of steps to address the concerns on Tuesday, following concern over the downgrading of many students' results.

Due to the cancellation of exams this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) applied a methodology that saw the downgrading of nearly 125,000 grades that had been estimated by teachers.

Pass rates for students in the most deprived areas were reduced by 15.2 per cent, against just 6.9 per cent for students in the most affluent areas.