Sunday 18 March 2018

Deputy headmaster at prestigious Eton leaves after 'breach of exam security'

Eton College's deputy headmaster leaves school following investigation into exam security breach

Eton College deputy headmaster Mo Tanweer Credit: Linkedin
Eton College deputy headmaster Mo Tanweer Credit: Linkedin

Harry Yorke

ETON College’s deputy headmaster has left the school amid allegations that he leaked practice questions from an upcoming exam to other teaching staff.

Staff and pupils at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools have been informed that Eton has parted company with Mo Tanweer, the college’s head of economics and deputy headmaster of academics, after an investigation found he committed exam maladministration.

Mr Tanweer, who is understood to have been born in Pakistan before moving to England and enrolling at Aylesbury Grammar School in the 1990s, joined Eton in 2015 following a distinguished career in investment banking.

Following a recent awards ceremony at his alma mater, the school wrote online that Mr Tanweer, who lives in Berkshire with his partner Emily and three-year-old son, also worked as a Government consultant on a freelance basis, advising on reforms to economics qualifications.

The embarrassing disclosure emerged after a letter was circulated to Eton students informing them of Mr Tanweer’s dismissal, and that a number of students’ marks for an economics paper had been voided due to a “breach of exam security”.

The letter, dated 3 August, confirmed that the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), an exam board which administers international GCSE, A-level and equivalent qualifications, had found that Mr Tanweer had shared “confidential information” and practice questions which had then been shared with pupils ahead of their exam.

It added that Mr Tanweer, who was privy to the practice papers due to his position as an Examiner for the Pre-U Economics course run by the exam board, had broken protocol by sharing the information with other teaching staff.

Subsequently, all Eton students sitting the paper have had their exam marks voided and replaced with a grade they achieved in other tests.

Mr Henderson added: “I am very sorry to be writing with this extremely unwelcome news. Regrettably this decision has had to be taken by the examination board because of the actions of a member of Eton’s staff.

“There is no suggestion that any boy at Eton had done anything wrong, nor is any member of staff at Eton other than Mr Tanweer implicated.=

“However, CIE has decided that they cannot accept the marks of any candidate at Eton for this paper because to do so would threaten the integrity of the exam and certification.

“This is a matter that, as headmaster, I have taken very seriously and Mr Tanweer has now left Eton’s employment.”

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