With deliberate deception, the Herald tries to fuel the opposition parties’ pile-on regarding the school s assessment system, the SQA and the new Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville, describing it as:
SQA appeals: Education Secretary at centre of growing storm
There is of course no evidence of a growing storm beyond the media construction based on the words of opposition politicians and a very small group, unrepresentative, a handful, 1 or 2, teachers, parents or kids prepared to speak to the BBC cameras.
The Herald article opens with:
Scotland’s Education Secretary is at the centre of a growing storm over national qualifications after newly unveiled plans for this year’s appeals process sparked accusations that pupils are being failed yet again.
This is a work of fiction aimed at helping the opposition parties in their pursuit of a scalp, the cynical plan to bring down Somerville just as they did Shona Robison when Health Secretary and as the have conspicuously failed to do, with Swinney or Freeman.
They don’t care about the pupils. They smell blood.
Toward the bottom of the article, 22 paragraphs later, we see this
However, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan called upon politicians and commentators to support delivery of qualifications for this year’s students.
“Although some schools have made use of SQA assessment instruments, teachers are able to draw on whatever evidence they regard as valid in determining grades,” he said. “Also, unlike high-stake exams, the evidence does not need to be produced in a one-off event and, crucially, the professional judgment of teachers will not be challenged by the SQA.”
When the EIS, the biggest teacher union criticises the Scottish Government, they get top billing, but here when they are clearly happy with the system describing it as valid and, crucially, do not share the view that it is particularly stressful for pupils compared to the ‘high-stake exams’
There’s the real news but not the news that fits the agenda.