Scotland's papers: 'Secret' bank plan and 'street rampage'


Scotland's exam system is failing to address the needs of thousands of pupils because of the way it has been implemented, according to The Herald.

"Secret" Scottish government plans to spend millions of pounds on a new financial institution that could become a new central bank in an independent Scotland have been revealed, says The Scotsman.

The National also leads with the story and writes that the plans emerged after a Freedom of Information request uncovered an 18,000-word policy paper that also discussed a Scottish Monetary Institute and the possibility of an independent Scotland having its own currency.

In other news, The Times claims that staff at one of the world's leading drug companies discussed destroying supplies of life-saving cancer medicines in a battle to impose massive price rises across Europe.

A third of teachers say they have worked with primary school pupils suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and depression, according to a survey published in the i newspaper.

Like many of Friday's papers, the Scottish Daily Mail reports how the United States dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon on what it says was an ISIS network of caves and tunnels in eastern Afghanistan.

Holidaymakers can look forward to summer bargain breaks after resorts across Europe slashed their prices, according to the front page of the Scottish Daily Express.

Under the headline Horror at the Burger Joint, the Daily Record reports how a man died after "cutting his own throat" on West Nile Street in Glasgow, in an incident which police have said was not terror related.

The Scottish Sun devotes its front page to the arrest of a former Celtic Boys Club chairman, who has been charged over sex abuse claims.

An unlicensed driver who "careered" down a pavement outside a Dundee school, forcing pupils to escape into the middle of the road, faces jail, according to The Courier.

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