At least 45 cases of cheating confirmed
Exam chiefs have confirmed at least 45 cases of cheating in this year's Leaving Certificate -- and a further 50 are still being investigated.
Students found cheating are penalised, usually by being denied the result in the subject in question.
In more extreme cases, the State Examinations Commission will withhold the entire Leaving Certificate.
The subjects where examiners found evidence of cheating this year were Irish, English, history, accounting, construction studies, religious education, art, home economics, biology and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Links Modules. The students concerned may appeal.
Cheating can come to light in a number of ways, including the detection of similar work from more than one candidate when correcting work from the same centre.
Examiners may also discover a memo, notes or paper used by a candidate in an attempt to gain an advantage in the exam.
Students may also be penalised if a superintendent at an exam centre discovers prohibited items such as books, mobile phones etc or an attempt to contact another candidate in the centre.