PUPILS threatened with fines decided against protesting controversial exam plans in the city centre.

We told yesterday how schoolchildren had planned to gather in the city’s George Square at 2pm in a rally against the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) proposals to introduce a “final assessment” which campaigners said did little more than replace cancelled exams for senior pupils.

Cops engaged with the protests’ Glasgow organiser, Rauf Ali, a pupil at Hillhead High.

They advised him of the current coronavirus regulations and he said he was told police may have had to fine attendees if large numbers had gathered.

A spokesman for the SQA said: “We have provided a flexible and consistent framework for schools and colleges this year, including detailed guidance, material and support, based on assessment standards that teachers and lecturers are familiar with.

“Schools and colleges know their learners best, so it is appropriate that they deliver assessments which suit their circumstances, in discussion with parents, carers and learners.

“Local and national quality assurance of the evidence will help deliver fairness to learners.”

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers engaged with the organiser of a planned demonstration ahead of the event. Officers explained the current regulations and encouraged compliance."