Local MSP Sue Webber has called on the SNP Government to urgently address the serious problems surrounding the appeals process for pupils.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Lothian MSP used her maiden Parliamentary speech to slam the SNP for the chaos surrounding pupils assessments, after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row.
After being contacted by several concerned constituents Sue wrote to SNP Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Sommerville to demand answers around the award process for this year, which is threatening to damage the future prospects of young people.
Away from the education-centred debate, Sue also dedicated her first speech to her close friend Kath, who sadly passed away in February. Kath had been a strong backer of Sue’s bid to become an MSP and the new Lothian representative thanked those who shared her belief and elected her to be a strong voice for the region.
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Lothian MSP Sue Webber said: “Last years exams fiasco was bad enough but the SNP are threatening to make this years even worse through their lack of action.
“The SQA is simply not fit for purpose and must be scrapped. The only recently highlighted information on a new service that was aimed at young people who have suffered severe disruption to their learning.
“That is way too late into the problems that have engulfed young people this year. They were told exams were cancelled, yet they are sitting them in all but name.
“Pupils have suffered major disruption as a result of the pandemic. Now they are under so much pressure that they can’t sleep and feel hopeless and worry their future prospects are at great risk before they’ve even received their awards.
“Those responsible should be ashamed.”