Labour criticise SQA for ‘serious mistake’ as exam results sent out early


The Labour party has slammed what they described as a “serious mistake” the early release of exam results to thousands of pupils by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Lib Dem’s described it as “unprofessional”.

The exam body sent text messages containing the exam results to 25,000 students one day before they were scheduled to be released.

The blunder caused confusion as students found themselves in receipt of results they had not been expecting until 24 hours later.

The SQA has apologised for the blunder and explained that investigations are currently underway to find out how it happened.  Text messages from the exam body are contracted out to a private firm AQL.

The results, though early, are said to be correct and there was a mixed reaction from many students. 

The Scottish government joined the SQA in seeking to re-assure students yet to receive their results that no advantage could be gained in accessing University places.

Education Secretary Mike Russell said: “I have also asked SQA for an urgent explanation of how the error occurred.”

A telephone hotline has been activated by Skills Development Scotland – 0808 100 8000.
SQA have also opened a help and advice line – 0845 278 8080.

BBC Radio Scotland will be discussing the issue tomorrow on the Call Kaye phone in from 08:50 to 10:30.