Testing times: SQA spell Johann Lamont’s name incorrectly in Modern Studies exam paper

The Herald Scotland is reporting that a spelling mistake around the name of the Scottish Labour leader marred some question papers as the exam season started for thousands of Scottish school pupils (including the first taking the new Nation 5 tests)…

A question in the Modern Studies Intermediate 2 test paper about women in politics misspelled the first name of Johann Lamont as “Joann”.

A notice was issued along with the exam papers to highlight the mistake and invigilators informed pupils before they started.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) said the error was “identified during the editorial process” and would not have affected pupils’ understanding of the question.

Labour said it hoped the mistake did not put any pupils off…

Ms Lamont used to be a primary school teacher before entering politics and a Labour Party spokesman said: “Clearly, standards have slipped since Johann Lamont left teaching.”

…In other exams, thousands of pupils became the first batch to sit the new National 5 tests today, which replace standard grades.

They have been created as part of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), a new course for pupils designed to ”ensure continuity” through school studies with more ”modern and practical” skills.

Intermediates, Highers and Advanced Highers will also be taken by S5 and S6 pupils over the next six weeks…

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A bit harsh perhaps to make a big deal of this – especially as it was pointed out at the start of the exam – but more importantly, if your students/children took the new exams yesterday, how did it seem to go? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

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