Friday 28 October 2016

15 students at Irish school have results cancelled amid 'cheating accusations'

Published 23/08/2016 | 22:07

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Pupils at a County Armagh school have had their sociology A-level exam grades cancelled amid cheating accusations.

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It is believed that exam questions, set by the AQA board, were shared on social media by a student who sat the exam earlier due to a timetable clash.

Some 15 students at Our Lady's Grammar School, in Newry Co Armagh, are affected, according to BBC Northern Ireland.

An AQA spokesperson said: "No one taking our exams should have an unfair advantage, so we thoroughly investigate accusations of cheating and take action when there’s clear evidence against specific individuals.

"Our advice to any student who receives supposedly leaked details about an exam is to report it to a teacher straight away."

A spokesperson said: "We regret to say that there was an incident involving some of our students in relation to one of this year's A2 examinations. The matter was dealt with by the school and the examination board in line with JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) guidelines and the students involved have been sanctioned.

"There has been no suggestion of any breach of examination or invigilation protocol by the school. We in Our Lady's prize our deserved reputation for integrity.

"We also know the importance of care and compassion in times of difficulty and will offer support as needed to the young women involved, all of whose school careers up to this point were without blemish."

Belfast Telegraph

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