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The examinations watchdog Ofqual has been sleeping while different awarding bodies have prepared examination papers placed before thousands of pupils this year laden with mistakes and cruelly containing questions impossible to answer. The warning issued by Ofqual, describing the situation as

“disappointing and unacceptable”. 

The exams watchdog Ofqual has warned exams bodies to double check test papers to avoid mistakes that disrupted three A level tests this year.

The English, Welsh and Northern Ireland exams bodies have been told that recent mistakes in question papers were “disappointing and unacceptable”. but the warning comes too late for this years pupils and underscores the lax accountability relationship between the watchdog, the regulators and the various examination bodies.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13703784

CCEA, headed up by Gavin Boyd, claimed that none of the papers containing mistakes came from them.  * See update http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13714383

With the Northern Ireland regulator Roger McCune working inside the same organisation and building as the examination body CCEA there can be no excuse for the further failures. When will the accountability of the Assembly kick in?

Don't bother checking before the exams; Ofqual will tell you off afterwards - no harm done

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