Scheme wains should be more appealing weans!

Less than 100 of the thousands supposedly mad-as-hell weans turned up in George Square today to demand that their favourite teachers’ affectionate estimates be counted at face value by the SQA

'The system has failed us': School pupils protest at George Square calling for urgent action over degraded exam results

The Tusker has decided not to make too much of the fact that the weans mis-spelled ‘weans’ as ‘wains’. It’s derived from ‘wee ane‘ (little-one). ‘Wain’ is Old English for a cart (the Haywain, constable?) or perhaps a bandwagon of the kind some are climbing on at the moment.

Hopefully these weans will feel better after a bit of outdoor protest and be ready to go back and ask their teachers to put in an appeal, like the thousands who do so every year.

As for this year’s cohort getting their teachers’ estimate just accepted, a sample of last years’s cohort said: ‘NO FNN WAY!! You’ve already got a higher pass rate. You’ll just snap up the Uni places and jobs some of us are still struggling to get.’

Next year’s cohort said: ‘OK as long as we get the same next year.’

Julian from Worcestershire said: ‘I’ve been told to sit an exam in August if I’m not happy. Happy! Why do the Jocks get everything free?’

6 thoughts on “Scheme wains should be more appealing weans!

  1. The young man on the right (if he is genuine) is it a surprise he didn’t get the grades he thought he should get? Well, maybe to him, but looking at the ‘wains’, well…………

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  2. I have now examined in some depth the SQA document ‘Technical Report – National Qualifications 2020 Awarding — Methodology Report’ (August 2020). I’m no expert but it seems to be very thorough. It also seems to be using principles and methods of standardisation in line with England and also those by the Labour-controlled government in Wales. (So class discrimination by Labour in Wales too?)

    The biggest difference is (still) between the permissive (open to all) appeals process in Scotland and the more restricted one being used in England.

    How many of those protesting – or stoking protest – have examined the SQA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales documents in detail? I wonder.

    Also, this research on GCSEs in England is very interesting.


    The research looks at GCSE results from public sector schools. It examines the extent to which schools’ results change from one year to the next. It compares in graphical form the results for 2018 and 2019 and then compares using a similar plot the results for 2019 with teacher predictions for 2020.

    The difference in the two plots is striking. There are far fewer schools reporting lower results in 2020 than 2019 (those plotted below the horizontal axis of the graphs). Lower-attaining schools in 2019 were more likely to report very large increases in the grade of results in 2020.

    The researchers go on to ask: “But do we see much difference between different types of school? The table below would suggest, on average and for state-funded mainstream schools at least, not really.”

    It concludes that lower attaining schools have tended to submit more optimistic results.

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  3. If I were that age again I’d be absolutely bloody livid at the ‘injustice’ that is England’s Brexit being wrought on my country, most likely where my parents voted to remain so as to secure an internationalist, economically healthy, safe future, now being removed from right under my feet.

    In fact the chains won’t be because of the SNP, or the SQA or whoever they want to blame, but will be secured tight around their ankles due to having no opportunities, no prospects and definitely no chance of FOM therefore studying and/or working in 27 other countries available to them. Their wings are being clipped by the EngGov in London, yet they protest about exam results, yes it’s awful to have that huge disappointment, and feel like your world just fell apart, but their world is being ruined by the big knobs re climate, re Brexit, re a likely dismantling of their own more competent socially aware and responsible government in Scotland!

    It will take many more years of hard slog by a pro Scotland (SNP right now)
    government to repair centuries of neglect, underinvestment, and contempt from the English masters in London, that has rendered Scotland unable to thrive, even though it is endowed with enormous wealth, all being removed by a corrupt neighbour.

    The media have done this, at the behest of the BRITISH NATIONALISTS, who are the ones these weans should be shouting out about and protesting against. Scotland will be taken back decades post Brexit, where if lucky, young and old alike have to leave to have any sort of quality of life.

    It’s tragic for Scotland if enough do believe the hype, but perfectly orchestrated, the BritNat propaganda machine must be being oiled (Scotland’s oil!) 24/7 right now.

    Smell the BritNat fear.

    Maybe the weans should protest the fact that Scotland is right at this moment denied £5.9 BILLION from the EU to mitigate against economic hit due to Covid19.

    All due to England dragging their country out of the EU.

    Protest that weans!

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    1. Not to mention that for those who do get to go to Uni, unlike their counterparts in England, they do not incur a £30K+ ‘debt’ for tuition (fees) at the end of their studies. I know of young people in England who have £50k+ of ‘debt’ after Uni, now with no FOM and with Brexit, they will never be able to repay it. No jobs, tragic.

      Once sent to a loan company (some tories own loan companies) they won’t leave them alone, they will never be able to buy a property either, not with massive debt. Maybe protest that because it’s the future for kids in Scotland should a BritNat party ever get to the helm again.

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