PLANS to have a mandatory question on Scottish literature in Higher English exams will undermine a wider aim to encourage greater study of Scottish classics, education unions have warned.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) said the Government's plan to include at least one question on a Scottish novel, play or poem in the exams from 2014/15 would encourage more school staff merely to "teach to the test".

The attack comes just days after exam officials warned increasing numbers of pupils were already using prepared answers in their Higher English exams.

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Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the EIS, added: "This will detract from deep learning and critical thinking, and encourage the type of teaching to the test that was such a disliked feature."