Blundering exam chiefs can’t count

HeadLine: Blundering exam chiefs can’t count

The Mirror, 15/08/2001, p2
by SHAUN MILNE

SCOTLAND’S blundering exam bosses bungled again yesterday – this time
getting their sums wrong.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority gave inflated figures showing a
huge increase in the number of passes in the Higher Still exam.
They had claimed a back-slapping seven per cent rise in passes, with a
jump from 65.3 to 72.4 per cent.
But red-faced SQA chiefs were later forced into an embarrassing
retraction when checks revealed they had issued wrong figures.
In fact, the Scots pupils’ pass rate was up from 71.1 per cent – an
improvement of just 1.3 per cent.
Jack McConnell, the Scottish Education Minister, put a brave face on in
public, but privately he was said to be “furious” at the SQA boob.
He said: “They made a mistake and I am pleased that they have corrected
it and we should be celebrating the success of young people in Scotland
and their teachers.”
The SNP pounced on the blunder. Shadow Education Minister Michael
Russell said: “It’s a near farce that a set of statistics trumpeted by
the education minister should within hours turn out to be wholly
false.”

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