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Monday, 11 September, 2000, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Have exams lessons been learned?
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Scottish Education Minister Sam Galbraith has announced a series of measures aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of this year's exams crisis.

In past month there have been resignations, promises of inquiries and pledges to tighten up procedures.

Are you convinced that enough has been done to ensure that there is no repeat of a crisis which has shaken the Scottish education system to the core?

Give us your views. Have the right measures been adopted? Are the opposition parties right in continuing to ask for Sam Galbraith's resignation? Can faith in the exams system be restored?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


Your reaction

Mr Galbraith should resign. He is responsible for education. He should be keeping an eye on big picture items. This is a big picture item.
M Thain,

People need to remember that change is always a painful process.

This government is investing 20% more than the Tories did in education, but it will take time to come through.

We have a great education system, but it needs to keep moving with the times, Higher Still is one of those changes needed.
R. Horsburgh, Edinburgh

My son just got eight good standard grades, but already friends are joking about whether or not they are valid.

He is sitting the Highers next year which will form the basis of any university application, and I have yet to feel reassured that it will go smoothly after this year.
Mary Anne Crook, Scotland

I feel very sorry for all the Scottish students who worked long and hard for their exams, only to be rewarded by extremely late and often phoney results.

It was in Galbraith's power to have prevented this yet he did not do so.

He should have resigned or been sacked when this crisis arose and not claim that, as education minister, he is not responsible for a significant part of education!

I am highly sceptical that the right measures have been taken.
Paul R, UK

Hopefully the next time the SQA use any computer systems they will have been more thoroughly piloted and tested first. Else we will see the same fiasco next year.
Miland Joshi, UK

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