Scottish National 5 Exams for 2021

Scottish National 5 Exams for 2021

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Now that the Scottish National 5 exams have been cancelled for 2021, many students sitting National 5 level subjects (including myself) are left in limbo. With an admittedly low number of students doing much work during lockdown, the evidence needed is a bit lacklustre, and many students are worried about how this will effect their grades, as many students, including myself, are aware of this year's exam fiasco and how many students around the UK were downgraded because of factors out of their control, such as the area their school is in (for example, my school, Peterhead Academy, was hit very heavily by downgrades as we are classed as an 'underachieving school' and have a low reputation). Many students are also scared about how they may do in their exams after this year, as they are not predisposed by this year to what the official exams will be like, and therefore may panic in the actual exam when they are in their higher year. What makes the cancellation of the exams especially perplexing is that in classes and in the corridors, there is no distancing measures (at my school anyway), and in classes, everyone is keeping up with the curriculum just fine, so i don't see either distancing or people not passing to be an issue, especially as exams are distanced by default anyway, as it prevents cheating. What perplexes me even more is that the prelims/mock exams and the higher and advanced higher qualification exams are still going ahead, so why would the National 5 exams not. As much as the Scottish government and the SQA can say that things will be different this year as they were to last year, after last year's fiasco, we have all lost trust in the government over this issue. These exams are dictating the future of many students in Scotland, and them being cancelled is putting the future of many students in limbo and these exams being cancelled are putting the dreams of these pupils in jeopardy. i understand we are in the midst of a global pandemic, but cancelling these important exams in exchange for the not as accurate choice of teacher opinion and classwork is not the way forward. Please, whether you are a pupil currently sitting national 5 level subjects, or have passed on to highers/advanced highers or have even left school, please sign this petition and help make a change and fight for the futures of Scottish teens. All it takes is a couple of minutes to sign, but you could have a lifetime's worth of positive impact on many people's lives. 

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