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Some particulars of the enterprise research examination had been shared on social media

Pupils at two Belfast grammar faculties have acquired warnings or sanctions after an investigation into an alleged leak of particulars from an A-level examination.

9 college students on the Royal Belfast Academical Establishment (RBAI) and Methodist School (MCB) are affected, the BBC understands.

The investigation involved the CCEA A2 enterprise research paper that candidates sat on the afternoon of Monday 12 June.

It’s believed that some particulars from the examination had been shared on social media.

The BBC understands two pupils is not going to obtain their A-level grade consequently, however can re-sit the examination within the subsequent college yr.

Nonetheless, the BBC additionally understands that a lot of the college students concerned acquired a warning – the bottom degree of sanction – and can nonetheless obtain their A-level consequence subsequent week.

It’s unclear how the alleged malpractice got here to mild.

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Evaluation (CCEA) – Northern Eire’s exam-setting and physique – subsequently investigated the allegations.

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The alleged leak was the topic of an investigation by the CCEA examinations board

It’s believed that the colleges and pupils concerned had been knowledgeable of the result of the investigation inside the previous week.

In a press release, a CCEA spokesperson confirmed: “Following an allegation of examination malpractice at two Belfast faculties, a full investigation has been carried out relating to the GCE Enterprise Research examination sat on 12 June.”

“From the findings of the investigation, the CCEA malpractice committee has utilized a spread of penalties to candidates at each centres.”

“CCEA is not going to make any additional remark regarding the investigation or final result of the investigation, with the intention to shield the id of the younger folks concerned.”

“For any suspected circumstances of malpractice, we totally examine the incident to make sure that no particular person sitting a CCEA examination has an unfair benefit.

“The variety of malpractice circumstances stay small in quantity.”

“Our recommendation to any pupil who comes throughout any suspicious examination content material is to report it instantly to their instructor, principal or CCEA.”

The BBC contacted RBAI, which mentioned it had absolutely co-operated with CCEA on the matter.

MCB didn’t reply to a request for remark.