Row over “unfair” school exam results brewing across UK – BBC News

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  • 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.

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    Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.

    Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

    The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.

    A strong Irish culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island’s culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.

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    Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.

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