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Northern Ireland grammar school pupils sanctioned after A-level exam 'leak'

By Claire Williamson

Pupils at two Belfast grammar schools have received sanctions after a probe into an alleged leak of details of A-level exam.

The BBC reports that nine students at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Methodist College Belfast are involved and will be impacted following the investigation into the CCEA A2 business studies paper sat on Monday June 12.

It is believed some details from the exam were distributed on social media.

It's understood that two pupils will not receive their A-level grade as a result and will have to resit the exam, but that the majority received a warning and will still receive their grade.

A CCEA spokeswoman said: "CCEA can confirm that following an allegation of examination malpractice at two Belfast schools, a full investigation has been carried out regarding the GCE Business Studies examination sat on 12 June 2017.

"From the findings of the investigation, the CCEA malpractice committee has applied a range of penalties to candidates at both centres.

"CCEA will not make any further comment in regards to the investigation or outcome of the investigation, in order to protect the identity of the young people involved.

"For any suspected cases of malpractice, we thoroughly investigate the incident to ensure that no individual sitting a CCEA examination has an unfair advantage.

"Our advice to any student who comes across any suspicious examination content is to report it immediately to their teacher, principal or CCEA."

Royal Belfast Academical Institution told the BBC it co-operated fully with the CCEA investigation.

Methodist College Belfast has not yet responded.

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