Exam results concern at an Angus school is being treated as an “isolated incident”.
The council has launched a probe after 11 of 19 pupils in a Higher history class at Carnoustie High School failed the subject after apparently facing questions they did not expect. On the back of that, parents have claimed that classes at other Angus schools have faced similar problems. One Monifieth mum, whose daughter is at the local high school and took part in the new National 5 exams which replaced Standard Grades said: “It seems that in most subjects questions were asked in exams that had not been covered. This is not the teachers’ fault or the schools’ but the SQA system it is failing these children big time. “Maths is my daughter’s weakest subject and I would not have expected her to pass Nat 5 however, there are a number of children who have had tutors for the last year who have also failed. “Maybe kids have a mental block in exam conditions but I feel the system is failing them they don’t get their exams back to see where they went wrong.” A council spokeswoman said: “Other than the previously reported investigation relating to the Higher history exam at Carnoustie High School, no other investigations about exam results are taking place. No other complaints have been received and we are satisfied this has been an isolated incident. “If any young person or parent wishes to discuss their exam results they should contact their school.” The SQA charges schools 29.75 for a “marking review” of exams and 39.75 for a “priority marking review”. It is the school’s decision on whether to use the service. A spokesman said: “The SQA takes its responsibility to uphold the high standards of Scottish qualifications very seriously. “It has a very robust set of mechanisms in place to ensure that qualifications offer an appropriate level of challenge for candidates and that every year’s cohort is presented with a similar degree of challenge. “The National 5 maths paper for 2014 sampled across the published mandatory knowledge and skills of the course and was similar in standard to the published specimen question paper. “SQA will continue to provide further support with a full range of understanding standards events and materials being made available for teachers and lecturers to help strengthen their understanding and application of national standards.”