Big increase in SQA malpractice cases over the past 2/3 years. Markers for SQA assignments at N5/H seen to have been told to out any possible malpractice and that includes situations which are perfectly explainable. Inexperienced markers creating SQA malpractice cases in schools with very little justification. Example. Very experienced teacher pulled into SQA malpractice investigation by HT because pupil started an assignment. Wrote first page, started again and completed the investigation. Then handed in the completed assignments with 2 first pages. Teacher did not look at any of the assignments as per the SQA guidelines. Bundled them up and sent them off to SQA. Fast forward a few weeks......pulled into an SQA investigation with HT since evidence of cheating was highlighted by a marker. Did the pupil bring in the first page to copy? Kids interviewed, FH involved. Class teacher stressed to the max. All SQA conditions proven to have been followed and case dropped but HT annoyed with class teacher and asking why were these not checked? Well because SQA guidelines prohibit that! The assignments are a waste of time. 20% of the final exam and pupils can get a tutor to effectively write it for them. Other pupils who don't have such access are disadvantaged. Teachers are being increasingly pulled into SQA malpractice cases through no fault of their own. Although there are still some who either by themselves or through SLT pressure bend the rules. Why not get rid of the assignments. Use the needless 30 minutes added to the N5/H exams to test the assignment skills. Much fairer for the pupils and much less hassle for the teacher.