RENFREWSHIRE school pupils will not sit exams this year amid fears over the spread of Coronavirus, the education secretary has announced.

John Swinney said prior attainment, coursework and teacher estimates will be used to determine pupils' grades after taking the "unprecedented" step to cancel the exam diet.

It comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced all schools and nurseries were to close from the end of the week on Wednesday.

It is the first time since 1888 in which exams have not taken place in Scotland. 

Mr Swinney told MSPs in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon: “In all of our history, Scotland has never cancelled the exams. Since 1888 they have been held every May or June, without fail.

“In the midst of two world wars the exams went ahead. It is a measure of the gravity of the challenge we now face that I must today announce the exams will not go ahead this year.”

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