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Thousands of Scottish students get exam results early.

Summary: More than 29,000 Scottish school pupils had their exam results texted to them a day early by mistake.

More than 29,000 Scottish school pupils have had their exam results texted to them a day early.

Results were due to be sent out to more than 160,000 people on August 4, but many pupils accidentally got theirs by SMS on August 3.

Pupils in Scotland can receive exam results by post, by email or by text.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) confirmed the mistake, and said it was discussing the source of the problem with the contractor who sent the message.

Scottish Labour's education spokesman Ken Macintosh said: "This is a serious mistake and will cause concern for the tens of thousands of people who have not had a head start in their results.

"There should be a level playing field, especially because the clearing system is live and searchable from midnight.

"This should not have happened and pupils and parents need to know what has gone wrong, quickly."

SQA insisted that the accidental release of the results had not given any pupil an advantage, but apologised for any stress caused.

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Date:Aug 5, 2011
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