New Irish paper to be issued as wrong exam handed out

The State Examinations Commission is to issue new Irish Leaving Certificate exam papers to schools around the country, following a mix-up at a school this morning, writes Sam Matthews.

The State Examinations Commission is to issue new Irish Leaving Certificate exam papers to schools around the country, following a mix-up at a school this morning, writes Sam Matthews.

During this morning’s Junior Certificate Gaeilge exam, a number of CDs for the aural component of the Leaving Certificate Gaeilge paper were accidentally issued instead. It appears that the wrong CDs were issued during the packing stage.

The Leaving Cert Irish Paper I is not scheduled to take place until Monday at 2pm. The State Examinations Commision (SEC) said it believed the content of the CDs may have been compromised, and as a result, was forced to send out a contingency paper.

“It has come to our attention that during the packing of supplementary CDs for some additional centres for candidates with special educational needs, a limited number of CDs for the Aural component of Leaving Certificate Gaeilge (Higher and Ordinary levels) were issued in error in place of Junior Certificate Gaeilge (Higher and Ordinary levels) CDs,” said an SEC press statement.

A replacement Leaving Certificate Gaeilge Paper I (Higher and Ordinary Levels), and CD will be sent to examination centres for Monday morning.

“The SEC is satisfied that all arrangements are in place to conduct Monday afternoon’s Leaving Certificate Gaeilge examinations at all levels without disruption to candidates,” said the SEC statement.

“The SEC would like to assure candidates that contingency papers are produced to the same standard as the ‘original’ papers and in accordance with our published principles and protocols. Candidates should continue with their normal preparation for this examination.”