The nationwide examination physique has damaged guarantees over pupil appeals for “ghost exams”, experts have claimed.
The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) stated they might reveal how faculty candidates may attraction outcomes in the beginning of Could.
However the qualification quango – closely criticised for its dealing with of the method final yr – has stated the plan remains to be to be set.
Specialists have stated the examination physique is failing by refusing to publish its information, with college students’ psychological well being struggling.
The SQA deserted the examination weight-reduction plan earlier this yr due to the pandemic.
As a substitute, faculties had been requested to grade their very own pupils utilizing assessments, with proof gathered to help the marks.
However many pupils have complained that the interior assessments are all however exams in identify, dubbing them “ghost exams”.
Youngsters’s rights skilled and lecturer in legislation at Glasgow Caledonian College Dr Tracy Kirk stated: “The variety of
college students we’re listening to from who’re looking for help as a result of they’re battling their psychological well being seems to
“The SQA had stated it will launch it in the beginning of Could however we’re nonetheless ready.
“We should guarantee no younger particular person has their life probabilities restricted – within the brief or long run – in consequence
of a pandemic which is out of their management. A human rights compliant appeals course of may assist guarantee that is the case.”
Scotland’s kids’s tsar has additionally urged the SQA to behave.
Gina Wilson, head of technique for the Youngsters and Younger Folks’s Commissioner Scotland, stated: “Younger individuals have had their proper to schooling severely restricted over the previous two academic years and we should see swift motion by the Scottish Authorities to make sure Scotland’s evaluation course of for 2021 is honest and rights-compliant.
“There’s nonetheless a lot that’s unknown for younger individuals endeavor assessments, together with what proof is being gathered and what the appeals course of will appear like.
“This lack of readability is inflicting deep anxiousness and stress to younger people who find themselves already underneath strain. To counter
this, the SQA should publish its appeals course of as a matter of urgency.”
Cameron Garrett, a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and convener of the Training and Lifelong Studying
Committee, stated: “The examination timetables younger individuals have despatched me are merely not honest. Some are sitting two or three exams a day, whereas nonetheless being anticipated to go to their common lessons.
“There’s nonetheless time to create a good and sturdy appeals system that would restore some younger individuals’s belief within the course of.”
Final yr the Scottish Authorities was pressured into an embarrassing U-turn over the exams. An estimated 125,000 pupils had their outcomes downgraded by the SQA following instructor estimations due to coronavirus.
However after a public outcry the unique estimates had been reinstated.
It’s understood the SQA’s plans for the attraction course of have been sophisticated by the current elections.
A brand new schooling secretary can also be set to be introduced, slowing down its response.
The SQA stated: “The outcomes of the appeals session are at the moment being finalised, following public session.
“We hope to announce particulars of the appeals course of very shortly.”