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Northern Ireland GCSE students' computer coursework binned after online leak

Issue affects non-NI exam boards

Hundreds of Northern Ireland school pupils face having their GCSE computer science coursework binned after the answers were leaked online.

The BBC reports that the leak affects pupils taking AQA, OCR, Pearson and Eduqas board subjects. The Northern Ireland CCEA is not affected.

Pupils in years 11 and 12 are affected, however, it is not known how many as final numbers for those taking the tests are yet to be submitted. Last year almost 700 pupils were entered for the tests from the boards concerned in Northern Ireland.

Detailed solutions of the assessment were discussed online by students and possibly teachers who had already completed the task and viewed thousands of times. However, it is not known where the leaks originated from.

The coursework represents 20% of the overall final mark for the subjects.

Exam regulator Ofqual said it was considering options in how to address the matter and possible alternatives. It said once it became aware of the leak it had to immediately act.

"The apparent extent of malpractice in this qualification leads us to believe that it is no longer possible for exam boards to ensure that grades awarded next summer will fairly reflect the ability of all students unless changes are made to the assessment arrangements," a statement said.

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