Fiona Hyslop announces exam shake-up

The Standard Grade and Intermediate exam system is set to be
replaced with a new general qualification for pupils, education secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

She told the Scottish Parliament the changes would cut complexity in the current system and also 'better fit in' with ministers' aspirations for learning.

Fiona Hyslop also revealed plans for new compulsory qualifications to test numeracy and literacy.

She told MSPs during a statement in Parliament that Standard Grades and intermediates are to be replaced by a new general qualification. But Highers are to remain as the "gold standard" in the education system.

The proposals are subject to a consultation which will run from June until October.

Ms Hyslop said: "The shape of our future qualification system will be crucial for Scotland's young people and for Scotland as a nation.

"There is clear evidence that Scotland has a good education system. However, it can be better. Indeed, it needs to be better."

The aim of the system should be to "raise the bar" for all pupils, she said.

"National qualifications have a key role to play in helping to deliver the values, purposes and principles of curriculum for excellence.

"It will be particularly important to ensure that our national qualifications support the new curriculum and contribute to delivering the government's skills strategy."

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