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Scottish plans for edu reform: MSP’s view

In the past weeks there have been reports of a procession of stakeholders against the government’s reform proposals. Today there was an article in the Times summarising the findings of the Holyrood Committee for Education , below is a copy of my comment.

“A case of shooting the messenger. I used to not be a fan of the single Scottish exam board but the SQA chief exec and finance representative put up a good defence when they appeared before the Holyrood Committee a few weeks back. Some MSPs were out for blood and were quite annoyed when John Swinney questioned their evidence at a subsequent hearing. The witch hunt continued last week in the chamber as a “full” debate seemed to be orchestrated at producing a scapegoat. The introduction of CfE has been fraught and, for example, the issue with the maths exam question that represented practical application, which would seem to be appropriately modern, produced many complaints and an apology.

Another public body, the SFC, seems to be getting let off by the MSPs. The College re-organisation, probably necessary, seems to have been done initially to save money and resulted in far fewer part time students & other complaints. It would seem sensible, to me to, in these enterprise education times, to combine with Scottish Enterprise (a quango which has also seen better days) and move towards a more joined up HE/FE/skills process especially as Brexit will hit student numbers.”

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