Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/06/2013. Tags: Secondary School News Teacher News
The State Examinations Commission(SEC) has given assurances that mistakes in this year’s Junior and Leaving Certificate
Examintions will be taken into account when marking papers.
The State Examinations Commission has confirmed that Question 8, on the Leaving Certificate Maths, Higher Level, Paper 2 contained an error. In addition, there were also errors on 3 other Mathematics papers, both Leaving and Junior Certificate, provided to candidates this year, some of whom were in the 23 schools involved in the Project Maths initiative, and some of whom were in other schools.
The SEC has acknowledged that these errors may have caused some “distress and confusion” for the students involved and has apologised saying that the errors are 'most regrettable'. The Press Release
issued by the Commission states that “One of the core principles under which the State Exams Commission operates is that students cannot be disadvantaged as a result of an error on an examination paper. Therefore, the impact of error on candidate s’ answering is taken into account by the Chief Examiner when finalising the marking scheme for the relevant examinations. The marking schemes for Mathematics will, as usual, be published along with those in all other subjects after the issue of results.”
The Irish Independent reports today that there is also controversy over some grammatical issues in the Leaving Certificate Irish Paper 2