Making the grade?

Megan Gairns
Megan Gairns

A TEXT message blunder resulted in surprise for some southside pupils yesterday.

Following a mistake by the service operator, those who had signed up to receive their results by text were informed of their marks on Wednesday afternoon, while those signed up for e-mail or post, had to wait until this morning.

Lauren and Ciaran Brown

Lauren and Ciaran Brown

This error caused tension in the Brown household, as twins Ciaran and Lauren had signed up to different services, with Ciaran receiving results by text on Wednesday and his sister being forced to wait till Thursday morning for the e-mail.

However it was all’s well that ends well for the brainy duo, as they received identical results of five A grades.

The pair plan to stay at St Ninian’s for sixth year before going to university, with Ciaran set to study dentistry and Lauren planning for medicine.

Ciaran told The Extra: “We are not really competitive as we do different things but we help each other when we can”.

Nicholas Scholfield

Nicholas Scholfield

Now younger brothers Euan and Steven (15) — who are also twins — will have the tough task of following in their older siblings’ footsteps when they take their highers in two years time.

Meanwhile, Williamwood’s Megan Gairns had to wait until this morning when her results arrived by post — causing a day of worry while her classmate Nicholas Scholfield already knew his results through his phone.

However, Megan need not have worried, as she received matching results to her friend Nicholas, with both earning five A grades.

All in all, 128 pupils received five higher A passes in East Renfrewshire with 33% of last year’s S4 pupils achieving five or more Highers, a one per cent rise from 2010.

The Scottish qualifications authority has revealed an investigation is under way after the mistake by an external contractor.

Labour education spokesman and local MSP Ken Macintosh said: “This is a serious mistake. There should be a level playing field, especially because the clearing system is live and searchable from midnight.

“This should not have happened and pupils and parents need to know what has gone wrong, quickly.”

Glasgow is celebrating its best ever exam results, with more standard grades, higher and advanced higher passes than ever before.

The city council have stated more than 90 per cent of pupils achieved six or more standard grades.

Bailie Jean McFadden, executive member for education, said: “I am very proud of Glasgow’s young people, teachers and parents today as the city once again has done us proud. Not everyone will have got the grades they were expecting today.

“I would urge these young people and their families not to panic. They should contact their school where teachers are on hand to offer support and discuss alternative options”.