Scottish Government cancel upcoming exams amid coronavirus crisis
Thursday March 19th 2020 at 3:08 PM
The Scottish Government has decided to cancel the upcoming exams diet, the first time such a measure has ever been taken.
It comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday that schools would shut indefinitely on Friday to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It’s thought they may not reopen before the summer holidays.
The decision affects National Qualification and Higher exams.
Pupils will instead receive qualifications based on their coursework, preliminary exams and prior attainment.
In a statement in the Scottish Parliament, Education Secretary, John Swinney, said: “In all of our history Scotland has never cancelled the exams. Since 1888 they have been held every May or June without fail, in the midst of two world wars the exams went ahead.
“It is a measure of the gravity of the challenge we now face that I must today announce the exams will not go ahead this year.
“I’m aware of how significant a step this is, indeed it as an unprecedented one in unprecedented times.
“We must do our upmost to ensure the interests and life chances of our young people due to sit their exams this year are protected.”
Mr Swinney also confirmed local authorities are taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals.
Children of key workers will continue to have access to learning and childcare to allow their parents to go to work.