The Scottish {Qualifications} Authority (SQA) mentioned that college students taking this 12 months’s exams acquired “excessive marks” after a two-year hiatus as a consequence of Covid.

These are the primary exams held earlier than the beginning of the pandemic, after leads to 2020 and 2021 have been based mostly on lecturers’ judgment, backed by evaluation assets.

However regardless of the return of exams this 12 months, many faculties have been hit by excessive scholar and trainer absenteeism as a consequence of excessive ranges of Covid in the neighborhood and the unfold of the extremely contagious Omicron variant.

College students throughout Scotland who’ve handed the Nationwide 5, Larger and Superior Larger {Qualifications} at the moment are awaiting evaluation outcomes due on Tuesday ninth August.

The SQA mentioned that because of the cancellation of exams in 2020 and 2021, this 12 months’s outcomes could also be decrease general and, in response, have “adopted a extra beneficiant strategy to setting grade limits.”

The awards physique added that “college students take exams this 12 months below very totally different circumstances than in pre-pandemic years,” and this 12 months’s grade limits have been set “to make sure equity for college students whereas sustaining requirements.”

Requested about evaluating 2022 outcomes to different years, an SQA spokesman mentioned: “Given the distinctive circumstances that college students will face in 2022 and our strategy to awards, comparisons to different years must be handled with nice warning, noting that it’s not attainable to make definitive conclusions about any modifications within the effectiveness of training throughout this time.

“Nevertheless, universities, schools and employers can relaxation assured that requirements and integrity shall be maintained in 2022.

“College students can be assured that the {qualifications} they obtain are credible and honest, and replicate the information, understanding and expertise they’ve acquired below difficult circumstances.”

In April of this 12 months, the SQA confirmed that modifications to course grades for Nationwide 5, Larger, and Superior Larger to account for studying disruptions brought on by the worldwide pandemic will stay in place for the following tutorial 12 months.

The spokesperson added: “Carrying over modifications to evaluation within the new tutorial 12 months will assist present some confidence for college students, lecturers and lecturers and assist unlock extra time to be taught and train course content material whereas sustaining the integrity and validity of their {qualifications}.”

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