Mon 10 Aug, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s apology to young people and admission that the Scottish Government “got it wrong” on this year’s grading system, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

“I’m pleased that the First Minister has now acknowledged that her government got this wrong and apologised. The working class young people who were unfairly treated last week need an urgent solution to this unacceptable situation. The Education Secretary's statement to Parliament must announce the kind of systemic solution the Greens have demanded, otherwise our confidence in this government's ability to discharge its responsibilities in education will come into question."

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