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BBC News 10 Aug 2020

Row over “unfair” school exam results brewing across UK


A row is growing over the way school exam results have been calculated, after the exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Scotland, where pupils have already received their results, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has apologised, admitting that the government in Edinburgh didn't get it right. A quarter of pupils found they had been downgraded from their teachers' predictions.

Scotland's government is due to announce what it intends to do to put things right. Meanwhile the rest of the UK is set to announce results shortly, with concerns that similar allegations of unfairness are already been made in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It comes as Scotland's schools re-open, with England aiming to follow suit in September. The UK government says there's little evidence of coronavirus being transmitted in schools and their plans are being guided by the best science.

Fiona Bruce presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Lorna Gordon in Edinburgh, science editor David Shukman and political correspondent Chris Mason.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has abandoned advice that pupils should not wear face masks in English secondary schools in the face of growing pressure from teachers.

A statement issued by the Department for Education insisted the climbdown had come as a result of a change in the World Health Organization's advice - despite that shift happening four days ago.

For the most part, headteachers will retain discretion over whether face masks should be worn in communal areas and corridors.
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