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Probe underway into alleged exam cheating in Co Armagh school

A probe is underway in to alleged exam cheating at a school in Co Armagh

The BBC reports that the allegations concern GCSE English and Maths exams at St Patrick’s High School in Keady in the summer of 2017.

The school said in a statement it was “co-operating fully” with the investigation.

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment have also been informed.

The school said the allegations concern a “small number of pupils entitled to additional access arrangements”.

The school’s statement to the broadcaster said: “The Principal and board of governors acted swiftly on receipt of the allegations and immediately elected to invite independent external assessors to examine the arrangements for and conduct of these examinations.

“There is no suggestion of systemic or widespread malpractice in the conduct of examinations at St Patrick’s High School.

“We have put in place additional arrangements for the supervision of pupils entitled to access arrangements in order to ensure confidence in the integrity of the January 2018 GCSE modules,” it added.

A spokesperson for CCEA said we “do not comment on allegations of malpractice”.

According to reports the allegations only came to light in November.

The external investigation is expected to be completed this month before the findings are handed to CCEA.

Meanwhile external examiners will be brought in for the overseeing of some of the school’s January examinations.

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