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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00535: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will hold an inquiry into the 2016 National 5 examination in computing science in light of complaints regarding wording and content.

Answered by: John Swinney 15 June 2016

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is responsible for the setting and marking of exam papers.

Dr Janet Brown, Chief Executive of the SQA, has assured ministers that the 2016 National 5 computing science exam was set to the correct standard and was in line with the course assessment specification.

However, SQA has also confirmed that there were several typographical errors in the paper and I have written to Dr Brown seeking further assurance that all necessary safeguards will be put in place to prevent this happening in future.