Saturday, August 06, 2005

Exam results sent by text message in Scotland

About 60 pupils at four schools in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland have chosen to receive their exam results by SMS. It remains to be seen if they’ll be the chosen when it comes to making the school's top 100 students. As part of a pilot scheme, the Scottish Qualifications Authority will send a message asking the pupils to reply "yes", before their results are forwarded.
The SQA has agreed text abbreviations for subjects, level of qualification and result details. They will contact pupils a few days later to see if they found the service satisfactory, before deciding whether to extend it.

We feel it's important that we use technology to make our work more accessible. Texting is becoming second nature, to young people in particular, so we felt that we should explore this option to understand whether it suits our candidates, while we protect the confidentiality of the information we're sending,
said Chris Martin, of the SQA's information technology department.
[Via BBC News]


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