Dozens of students given wrong exam grades

Image caption The exam papers of 3,804 students were reviewed

Dozens of students received the wrong grades in their Higher exams following an administration error, it has emerged.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority said 34 students who sat Highers in Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, had the wrong marks entered into the central system.

An SQA spokesman apologised to the candidates involved.

He said they would receive upgrades and Ucas would be contacted if necessary.

The mistake was discovered by the SQA following contact by a school.

The SQA spokesman said the authority had reviewed the papers of the 3,804 candidates who sat the Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies exam.

'Personal apology'

He added: "As a result of that review, 34 candidates will be receiving upgrades and a personal apology from us.

"The review showed that there had been an admin error when marks were input to the central system.

"It was a human admin error, not systemic.

"If it's relevant for the 34 affected candidates we will be contacting the Ucas university admissions body."

He added: "This year we handled nearly two million exam papers from around 160,000 candidates.

"In an exercise of this scale, human error can occur but we have processes in place to remedy errors as has happened in this case. Nevertheless, this shouldn't have happened and we apologise to the candidates concerned."

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