‘Marking mistakes could prove costly for local students’

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A Newtownabbey teacher fears that mistakes in exam marking could be costing local students university places.

Leigh Cooper from Ballyclare, an officer with the Ulster Teachers’ Union, was speaking as the latest statistics revealed that a record number of GCSE and A Level papers were sent for re-grading last summer.

“We are concerned about the rising number of exams having to be re-graded. These results are of critical importance to Northern Ireland young people and are a key measure on which schools are judged,” she said.

A record 90,000 A Level and GCSE grades were changed last year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland after a huge increase in the number of papers sent back by schools to be remarked.

Ms Cooper also voiced concern that the expense involved in paying for a remark could disadvantage less well-off students.