GCSE examination error: Board incidentally rewrites Shakespeare


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One of a country’s biggest hearing boards, OCR, has certified to an blunder in Friday’s English Literature GCSE exam, taken by around 14,000 teenagers.

The mistake associated to a doubt on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in that a family credentials of a pivotal character, Tybalt, was churned up.

It suggested he is a Montague when in fact he is a Capulet.

The house apologised and pronounced no possibilities would remove out, though conduct teachers pronounced a blunder was “serious”.

Exams regulator, Ofqual, pronounced a occurrence was unsuitable and that it would be “closely monitoring OCR’s review of how this occurrence occurred”.

Geoff Barton, ubiquitous secretary of a Association of School and College Leaders, pronounced when possibilities see errors in a paper it can criticise their confidence.

‘Absolutely fuming’

He added: “Candidates have each right to design that awarding bodies finish a full check on hearing papers to safeguard that they don’t knowledge such problems.

“Similarly, schools and colleges have to compensate thousands of pounds a year to hearing play and are entitled to improved peculiarity declaration than this.

“This appears to be a critical blunder and it will have caused highlight and regard to candidates.”

However, some students reacting to a hearing on Twitter pronounced that they had squandered time on a question, while teachers also spoke out.

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One pupil, Sophie Elder, 16, from Derbyshire, said: “I got to a question, we review it, and review it again and suspicion that doesn’t make sense.

“It unequivocally threw me off – it had been excellent until then, and thereafter this happened.”

She added: “We had all attempted so tough and done so most effort, and thereafter for a house to disaster it up, it’s only terrible.

“It’s so distracting – thereafter everybody was so disturbed and stressed that they had got it wrong. You don’t design something like that on your exam.”

OCR pronounced about 14,000 students out of around 700,000 took a exam, though it is not transparent how many tackled a question, that asked students: “How does Shakespeare benefaction a ways in that Tybalt’s loathing of a Capulets influences a outcome of a play? Refer to this remove from Act 1 Scene 5 and elsewhere in a play.”

In a statement, a hearing house said: “We’re wakeful of an blunder in today’s OCR GCSE English Literature paper.

“We apologize and will put things right when a hearing is noted and graded so no tyro need worry about being disadvantaged. We are questioning as a matter of coercion how this got by a declaration processes.”

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Russell Hobby, ubiquitous secretary of propagandize leaders’ kinship NAHT, said: “After dual years of investigate it’s not excusable for students to face such a simple blunder in their hearing papers.

“OCR are righteously apologetic though only accurately how they introduce to symbol this sold paper will leave many students, their schools and their relatives with an concerned wait for their results.

“OCR need to be quite open to any requests for a re-mark if students feel that their efforts have not been scrupulously graded.”

Ofqual added: “We will be scrutinising how OCR intends to brand and minimise a impact on these students. We will be closely monitoring OCR’s review of how this occurrence occurred and seeking soundness per the other papers this summer.”

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