One thing summer in Northern Ireland always brings, if not the sun, is exam results. The Scottish Qualifications Authority is ditching ‘snail mail’ in favour of text to deliver results as part of a new pilot scheme being tested in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. Pupils will receive their results only after replying ‘Yes’ to a text from the SQA. Like most mobile services today, the SQA doesn’t manage to give exact details of how much the service will cost pupils.
Chris Martin, of the SQA’s information technology department, said: “At the end of the day, the experience of our pilot candidates will have a big say as to where we go next with this project.”