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Pledge to students on errors in exams

By Lindsay Fergus

Published 06/08/2011

Pupils who sat GCSE and A-level papers this summer which contained question errors have been promised they will not be disadvantaged when results are published later this month.

AS and A Level grades will be released on Thursday August 18, followed by GCSE results the next week on August 25.

There have been nine errors detected on three GCSE papers and six AS/A Level papers by awarding bodies OCR, AQA and CCEA, which impacted on Northern Ireland students.

A total of 3,013 pupils from here sat two papers by local awarding body CCEA — GCE further maths and GCSE business studies — which had mistakes.

“Any error in an examination paper falls far below the standards that CCEA sets for itself. We apologise for any distress this may have caused. We appreciate that students have worked hard this summer and we regret that our processes failed to identify these errors sooner,” a CCEA spokesperson said yesterday.

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