National 4/5s: many people have no clue what these are about. If you don’t either I will enlighten you.
This is the new education system for Scotland and is part of the Curriculum for Excellence. However, overall nationally this new system is a joke.
No-one knows very much about it. The poor staff have very little resources; they essentially receive something similar to a book which they must simply teach the pupils.
Of course I realise the young people just now are “testing” the new system but they could learn about the actual system first. These people, pupils and staff alike, are being pushed in at the deep end.
Also some of the things that pupils are now being taught are ridiculous. I am in the last year to sit Standard Grades and I like to think we receive a very high standard of education. However, with the new National 4/5s these pupils are not getting the same standard (which, by the way, is through no fault of the staff).
For example, in music they have taken out several important musical concepts (this is a fairly important part of the course) and have replaced them with ridiculous counterparts. They have taken out things like “Arpeggios” and replaced it with “Guitar”.
It’s also not just music that is affected: in art they have taken out the drawing aspect of the course. I find that unacceptable.
I recently spoke with a pupil who is “testing” the National 4/5s and they were trying to explain some if it to me. However, I was unable to grasp some of it so I took it upon myself to do some research.
I found next to nothing on the Scottish Education website. Most of the information on the new system assumed that whoever was reading already had a large amount of knowledge on the subject which, of course, most people do not.
What I did find out is that National 5 is meant to be the Standard Grade Credit’s counterpart and National 4 is General. However, I was soon horrified to find that pupils who take a National 4 do not need to sit exams.
I was in awe. These young people are not going to receive the qualifications they need for university or careers.
Also, after the pupils sit their exams (or not as the case may be) they are going to have to make a massive jump to highers which, as far as I am aware, are staying almost the same.
These pupils are going to have to work tremendously hard to make up for the lost work if they plan to pass. At the end of the day all I can say is that I am glad I was born a year before them.