John Swinney must launch an urgent review into the downgrading of more than 120,000 exam results by the SQA which has left pupils across Scotland unfairly penalised because of where they go they school, Iain Gray MSP has said.
Today, Scottish Labour is launching a petition to gather support for the call to launch a review into what has been branded a fiasco and a scandal in education.
With a deluge of appeals predicted, John Swinney must also instruct the SQA to make public the methodology for marking appeals to ensure that pupils, teachers and parents have confidence in the system.
Scottish Labour education spokesperson, Iain Gray, has accused the Deputy First Minister of ‘baking in’ inequality into Scotland’s education system and has said that if Mr Swinney does not apologise to the young people of Scotland and act to rectify his failure then his position will be untenable.
Commenting, Iain Gray MSP said:
“All across Scotland, parents, pupils and teachers are united in outrage over John Swinney’s failure of the poorest students in our society.
“We urgently need a review into this fiasco to determine whether the downgrading of results by area has infringed the human rights of pupils.
“If John Swinney does not commit to this review and does not apologise to the young people of Scotland and seek to mitigate the damage he has wrought then his position is not sustainable.
“Scottish Labour is calling on the people of Scotland to sign our petition to ensure that John Swinney is held to account for his actions.”
Please back the call for an urgent review of the exam results fiasco at https://secure.scottishlabour.org.uk/page/s/urgent-sqa-results-review