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PE01484: An independent regulator for national examinations set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority


Petitioner: Ian Thow


Date Lodged: 22 May 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (1) consider the establishment of an independent examinations regulatory body, to ensure a quick and effective resolution to complaints about the quality, accuracy and validity of SQA examinations and (2) consider the limitations of the 2002 Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act to appropriately adjudicate on complaints made by individual teachers or schools concerning alleged maladministration and service failure in the provision of national examinations by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Petition History:


3 September 2013: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. Link to Official Report 3 September 2013 (587KB pdf)

12 November 2013: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the Scottish Government has considered the two points set out in the petition and has stated that it does not intend to take the action sought by the petitioner. Link to Official Report 12 November 2013 (538KB pdf)

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