Scottish exams watchdog has funding stream halved

The TES is reporting that the SQA will receive less money in 2017-18, as the education secretary claims that changes to qualifications and curriculum are now at a ‘very advanced stage’

The Scottish Qualifications Authority will receive £6.4 million in 2017-18 to support new qualifications and the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence, down from £12.6 million in 2016-17.

The CfE budget has also been reduced across Education Scotland and central government, according to a report into last week’s draft budget.

The publication of the report, prepared for today’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s education committee, follows Scotland’s disappointing performance in the influential Programme for International Student Assessment global education rankings.

The budgets were cut by the Scottish government due to the “maturity of the CfE and completed implementation of the new national qualifications”, said the report prepared by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

Labour MSP Johann Lamont also expressed concern that if the SQA’s budget was cut, the organisation would increase its focus on international work to generate more income, diluting its capacity to deliver in Scotland.

However, Mr Swinney argued that the changes were appropriate because the qualifications and curriculum were now developed to a “very advanced stage”.

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Do you think they are right to cut the funding as the qualifications are at a late stage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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