By Alasdair Galloway
The extent to which this report attempts to mislead is hard to take in a quality newspaper. There is no attempt to compare apples with apples, instead it’s any comparison that talks the outcome down.
For instance right at the top:
The 2021 National 5, Higher and Advanced rates, based on attainment at grades A to C, were 85.8 per cent, 87.3% and 90.2%, respectively. This compares with a 2020 National 5 pass rate of 88.9%”
So a comparison of “National 5, Higher and Advanced” this year with “National 5” last year. For the record, National 5 is a progression toward Higher, it’s at a lower level and not every pupil achieving Nat 5 will go on to get a Higher.
The truthful comparison is this The percentage of pupils achieving A to C grades in their Highers fell from 89.3% in 2020 to 87.3% in 2021. But that total is still significantly above the 75% pass rate from 2019, and a record high number of awards overall. So, not from 88.9% to 85.8%, but, for Highers from 89.3% to 87.3%.
Fluctuations in results are only to be expected year on year – we are after all talking about different cohorts of students in a very exceptional year. That variation is, though, seldom an excuse for the ranting of the Unionist opposition parties, which is well represented on this thread.
But really Herald, your job, is it not, is to report not provide ammunition for a certain group of politicos.