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Leaving Cert sat in advance by experts

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/06/2014. Leaving Cert sat in advance by expertsTags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers Secondary School News

As the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Examinations get underway today, it’s reported that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) have taken extra precautions to try and avoid the embarrassing mistakes that were found on papers in previous years.

The SEC has brought in independent subject experts to sit the written Leaving Certificate papers in advance to check for errors. The ‘experts’ involved did not have a role in setting the papers. All the Leaving Cert written papers underwent such trials, as well as a small number of Junior Cert papers.

As an additional measure, the SEC have also added an additional area to the website which details the approach to errors depending on the circumstances, i.e. if they come to light before or during the exam.

With a total of 106 subjects, written papers and practical exams along with various forms of coursework, the annual preparation for the state exams is a huge task. More than 118,000 students start State examinations today - 54,933 in the Leaving Cert, 3,042 in the final year of Leaving Cert Applied and 60,698 in the Junior Cert.


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