200 Dublin students given wrong papers

Around 200 students in south Co Dublin received the wrong Leaving Cert papers says Fine Gael TD, Olivia Mitchell.

The TD says the error may leave the students at a severe disadvantage.

Mitchell called on the Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, to give assurances to students who were given accountancy exam papers with missing pages that the error will be taken into account when their exams are being marked.

“I’ve been contacted by several parents whose sons and daughters have been seriously upset by this fiasco,” said Mitchell.

She added: “This is happening when entire families are already in a state of tension. Such an event has the potential to disrupt the remaining exams for the roughly 200 pupils in south Dublin who received the incomplete papers.”

Mitchell said the unfairness of the situation was worsened due to different schools dealing with the problem differently. Some schools added time to the allowed for the exam, while others put the exam on hold until the full paper was available.

“The Leaving Cert is a life changing exam of serious importance. With many students sitting exams until Friday, the Minister needs to give early assurances to the students affected yesterday so that their performance in the remaining exams will not also be affected,” said Mitchell.

On Monday the State Examinations Commission apologised calling it a production error.

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