Exams postponed over schools closures

Exams postponed over schools closures Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Safety inspections have been carried out at the school affected by the closures

Practical exams due to be held this week have been postponed due to the Edinburgh schools closures.

The city council decided on Friday to shut 17 schools amid safety fears.

About 7,600 missed the first two days of the new term following the Easter break and most will not be back in class until next week.

The council has now announced that practical exams due to take place at the five high schools affected by the closure have been postponed.

A total of 17 schools in the city did not reopen on Monday after the Easter break.

Five secondaries, 10 primaries and two additional support needs schools shut due to concerns over structural issues.

All of the schools, which are about 10 years old, were constructed under the same public private partnership contract.

Priority in returning pupils to school was given to high school students in fourth, fifth and sixth year who are preparing for key exams.

The council said in a statement on its website: "We are working closely with the SQA.

"All practical exams that were due to take place this week have been postponed and will be rearranged.

"We will update students when we have more information."

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