Opposition MSPs are demanding the education secretary gives a statement to Holyrood over accusations the Scottish Government ‘fiddled’ with a critical report into Scotland’s school system.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) delivered a report to the Scottish Government last year criticising elements of Scottish education, including the quango Education Scotland and exams body, the SQA.

Ministers had previously said they would do no more than fact check the report, but a freedom of information request to the SQA showed the exams body requesting and in some cases securing changes to the draft report.

The Scottish Government, however, said releasing their draft comments would prejudice relations between the “UK and an international organisation”, with the matter since referred to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

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