BBC Scotland has continued to mislead the public over a Holyrood vote on primary 1 assessments.
Last month a motion lodged by Conservative MSP Liz Smith attracted support of all opposition parties.
The vote called on the Scottish government to “halt the tests in P1 and to reconsider the evidence and the whole approach to evaluating the progress of P1 pupils”.
However within hours of the vote result, which saw the Scottish government defeated, BBC Scotland was reporting that the vote was to “scrap” the assessments. The news reports led that evening’s Reporting Scotland.
The news report prompted a complaint from a viewer. However a defiant BBC Scotland insisted the report was accurate and added: “… the intention of the opposition parties was clearly, from their own words, to bring the whole exercise in Primary 1 to a permanent halt or, in other words, to scrap them.”
The erroneous claim has now been repeated by BBC Scotland in several news bulletins. Speaking on Radio Scotland today, political editor Brian Taylor claimed MSPs in the Scottish parliament had voted to “abandon” primary 1 assessments.
On Reporting Scotland later that afternoon, newsreader Laura Maciver told viewers the vote had been to “drop” primary assessments.
Following the vote, Scottish government minister John Swinney confirmed that he would, as requested by Liz Smith’s motion, reconsider the evidence around assessments. The SNP MSP announced he is to set up an independent review to gather evidence on P1 assessments and would act on the recommendations which he expected to be ready by the end of 2019.
The continued refusal of BBC Scotland to report accurately on the P1 assessment issue will be seen by many as further evidence of the anti-SNP bias that exists within BBC Scotland. The corporation denies bias and insists its political coverage is completely neutral.
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