Parents in Scotland have been warned that they could face fines of £30 if their children fail to attend exams. This is from the Times…
The policy by Edinburgh City Council means that parents may be asked to cover the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s exam fees where students fail to attend for “no good reason”.
The threat to fine parents came to light when Donald Macdonald, the head teacher of James Gillespie’s, one of Edinburgh’s most respected state schools, wrote to parents before this year’s exams.
However, the action has been described as “draconian” by Alan McKenzie, from the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association.
Mr McKenzie said: “There’s a lot of pressure on schools to chase kids up — they tend to operate on the basis of taking responsibility for young people and worrying about them. I think that’s wrong. I don’t believe it’s appropriate for senior managers to devote their time to acting as alarm clocks for pupils, when they should be helping deliver the curriculum.”
The cost of entering pupils exams in Scotland is about £30 per pupil per exam, which is paid by local authorities.
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