Every step must be taken to ensure that flaws in the GCSE assessment process do not penalise students, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan has said.
The Foyle MLA was speaking after it emerged that hundreds of pupils here will have their GCSE computer science coursework marks revoked after details of the task were leaked online.
“This move affects students completing GCSE Computer Science through the AQA, OCR, Pearson and Eduqas exam boards,” Karen Mullan commented.
“Although these are all English-based boards, many local pupils who sit their exams through these bodies are being penalised as their coursework will not be counted towards their final grade.
“That is hugely unfortunate and unfair on those pupils who completed their work with integrity.
“Lessons need to be learned from this episode and every possible measure taken to ensure that flaws in the GCSE assessment process do not penalise students and that the integrity of the GCSE process is maintained.”