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The Tories have insisted that they deleted a tweet criticising Nicola Sturgeon within the Scottish exams results fiasco due to a spelling error – not because they had been hoping to dodge criticism due to their results debacle.
The Scottish Conservatives had promised the SNP leader had “presided over one of the biggest scandals in the history of devolution” in the days before her administration performed a U-turn over outcomes decided with a “biased” computer algorithm which disproportionately hit poorer young people.
Accusing the first ministry of owning “shattered the life opportunities of thousands”, the article shared with scores of senior MPs but’d disappeared.
But after dozens of people pointed out the article had been deleted, it was shared , with the wrong spelling’effected’ replaced with’affected’.
It functions as an A-level tragedy strikes England, with tens of thousands of young people whose outcomes are downgraded from their educators ’ assessments preparing to lodge appeals with Ofqual.
The regulator insists there is no evidence of prejudice in the way grades are decided during the Covid-19 catastrophe, when pupils have been not able to take exams or attend school or faculty amid lockdown.
But an investigation of results from Ofqual itself suggests a greater percentage of poorer pupils — 10.4percent — were knocked under a C grade than richer pupils — on 8.3percent — after teacher evaluated grades were moderated.
Education secretary Gavin Williamson transferred to broker a compromise on Wednesday night by telling pupils they could appeal according to a mock exam result if it was higher.
HuffPost UK has contacted the Scottish Conservatives for remark on the deleted tweet.
Their new leader Douglas Ross, meanwhile, has indicated he would be ready to challenge Johnson if the outcomes disadvantaged some young men and women.