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"The Scottish admissions system has been suspended until the end of the week"
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Sunday, 13 August, 2000, 18:36 GMT 19:36 UK
'Results safe' says exam body
Sam Galbraith
Sam Galbraith: "No evidence of wrong results"
The organisation behind the Scottish exams fiasco has insisted that the results themselves were not inaccurate.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority says there is "no reason to assume that there are material flaws in either the results data or the underlying process which manage that data".

However, it has pledged to check all 147,000 candidates' certificates and has announced the suspension of the university admissions' system in Scotland until the end of next week.

The authority has promised that no pupil will be put at disadvantage when it comes to getting on the course of their choice.

Pupil sitting exam
The exams tension continues for hundreds
Dozens of candidates have contacted the SQA, which is responsible for issuing results, questioning the grades they have received.

Problems surfaced last week when hundreds of students failed to receive their results on time and hundreds more received incomplete certificates.

The authority's statement on Sunday echoes the Education Minister Sam Galbraith's belief that the "so-called mistakes" were more to do with "a lack of understanding of the results and what the certificates say".

The Labour politician met with members of the SQA and the Committee of Scottish Higher Education Principals (COSHEP) to try and resolve the problems which have arisen.

'Some inaccuracies'

Together they said the major issue was still one of missing data, not of inaccurate results.

But they did not rule out that there could be some inaccuracies in a minority of the certificates.

SQA logo
The association is responsible for issuing results
The head of the SQA, Ron Tuck, has admitted full responsibility for the fiasco and resigned from his post of Saturday.

He has insisted that the problems stemmed from missing data which had not been input into the system.

A number of students and schools have still not been informed about the results four days after they should have been issued.

Ucas - the UK-wide university admissions service - has announced that pupils will be able to call a helpline to find out if they have a university place.

The helpline, which will open on Monday at 0800 BST, can be contacted on 01242 227788. Queries can also be sent by email.

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