LETTER : Scottish lessons

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Sir: I notice with interest your article "Call for exam to replace A- levels" (29 February). Apparently, the House of Commons select committee on education suggests that "students might take five subjects for one year" and this is intended to widen students' studies and be a "passport to university". This seems to me a fair description of the Scottish Higher grade examinations.

In 1985, I studied six highers, and on the basis of my results went on to study at a Scottish university. Might I suggest Sir Malcolm Thornton's committee take a trip north of the border?

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Thornbury