Some pupils are said to be ‘stressed to the point of being ill’ and teachers at their ‘wits’ end’ as senior students undergo assessment which will help decide their grades for national qualifications.
We hear that teachers will make the judgements this time just as everyone seemed to desire last year and the SQA algorithm which made pupils ill last year, is gone but the Scottish Government remains in the wrong according to the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association.
Their rep predicts mass complaints from pupils and parents and says they’ll be correct to do so.
Look, I remember the stress of my own formal exams. I remember witnessing the stress of students I taught in Higher Education and campaigning for forms of assessment that did less harm and at the same time more accurately measured learning outcomes. What is happening in our schools today cannot be as stressful though it will be adding to workload. Colleagues in Higher Education often fought to retain formal exams because they were easier to mark, requiring less detailed feedback on scripts.
The SSTA is a trade union, not an independent research body. Their opinions are unreliable.
I see the National, in April, also had a piece titled Expert raises fairness concerns over ‘pseudo exams’ in Scottish schools making similar arguments based on the opinions of serial SNP accuser and mere bean counter with no real background in education, Lindsay Paterson.
Expert, my ass. Pro-independence newspaper, hmmm.