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GCSE, AS-level exam papers go missing days before exam

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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UK newspapers reported mid-week that hundreds of students were forced to get replacement test papers for GCSE French reading and writing and AS-level sociology after after a batch of GCSE and AS-level question papers went missing.

The Independent reported on Friday that a teenager has been arrested on suspicion of theft handling stolen goods. He has been released under investigation, the paper said.

According to the reports, a courier company was supposed to deliver a package of exam papers to a school in Milton Keynes, but it never arrived.

Exam board AQA found out that the exam papers had not arrived at the school more than a week ago and decided to replace the papers to maintain the integrity of the affected exams, some of which start next week.

The alleged theft, the Independent aid, comes after Edexcel's A-level papers were leaked two years in a row.

Last month, Pearson, which owns Edexcel, announced plans to insert microchips into packs of A-level and GCSE exam questions this summer in an attempt to combat online leaks.

The exam board then informed the police and an investigation was launched.

Five students were disqualified after the A-level maths paper was leaked.

Claire Thomson, the firm's director of operations, said: “These exam papers were sent to a school but never arrived. The police and the courier company are both investigating and an arrest has been made. We've known about this issue for over a week so the process of sending new papers to schools to make sure no one has an unfair advantage is well underway.”

“Our message to students is that there's nothing for them to worry about – they can carry on with their revision as if nothing's happened and we'll take care of it,” Thomson told the British press.



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