Many A Level students in Wales found that a few pages were missing from the English exam they had been studying for many years.
After opening their A-Levels, students were in tears. Shakespeare examine to identify four critical pages that are missing.
One horrifying moment in the mind of teachers was when they realized that they had spent two decades teaching the wrong course to pupils after the chief exam blunder.
Some students were in tears when four pages went missing from Tuesday’s exam.
After two years of studying William Shakespeare, the A-Level students were ready for tests on Othello and The Tempest.
They discovered that the key questions regarding the famous bard were no longer relevant when they opened the English language and literature exams.
It led to a moment of horror for teachers who were terrified they had ruined the students’ exams.
Not only were English students affected but maths students also complained that they found their test interpretations difficult, which made it almost impossible to pass the exam.
The mistake was made by exam chiefs at Welsh Joint Education Committee, who later realized that they had missed the important four pages.
The Association of School and College Leaders stated that the candidates had been “let down”The WJEC should have ensured that the first Covid disruption exam papers were correctly written.
The WJEC apologized to exam officers and stated that it would take the necessary steps to make sure candidates are not disenfranchised.
They have however delayed any investigation into their mistakes until after August results, when they claim that they will conduct an investigation. “appropriate” action.
The parents of the 730 candidates who had entered the exams said the error had knocked the pupils’ confidence and left them worried about how it would affect their results.
This is also a blow to students who just got through two years of education that was severely disrupted due to Covid.
Exams were held this summer for the first time since the pandemic.
Many parents used social media to share their feelings about the chaos of the exam to express their grief and support their children.
Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, said: “There were inevitably going to be some teething problems around exams this summer given they have not taken place for the last two years due to the pandemic but we are astounded at the lack of quality assurance and quality control that contributed to students sitting Tuesday’s English Language & Literature A2 Unit 3 exam being handed papers that were missing four critical pages.
“Learners who have been diligently studying and revising Shakespeare and expecting questions on Othello will have been thrown into a state of panic by the total absence of the play from the paper, whilst those studying both Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest were missing half of the questions they were anticipating.
“A-level mathematics students, meanwhile, have reported that some of the questions on their paper were so difficult to interpret that they were virtually inaccessible.
“Students had been reassured in the build-up to exams that there would be more generous marking of exam papers to account for the disruption to their learning caused by the pandemic but may have lost faith in a system that creates such problems for them at an extremely stressful time.
“We note that WJEC has apologised to the affected learners but this does little to address the emotional upset and distress caused by errors that simply should not have happened.”
WJEC spokesmen said that: “WJEC would like to apologise for the question paper collation error that impacted some students in one section of our A level English Language and Literature paper.
‘Although we produce a significant number of examination questions each year, this is a rare occurrence, and we are taking the matter very seriously.
‘We would like to reassure students that we have robust procedures in place to ensure they are not disadvantaged and that they are treated fairly. All examination answers will be considered carefully during the marking and grading process to ensure all students are provided with a fair qualification result.
‘This is our immediate priority, and once results have been issued in August, we will look carefully at the reasons for the error that occurred and take action as appropriate.”
Also, the WJEC sent an email to examination officers that reportedly read: “We want to reassure all centres and candidates that we have standard processes in place to account for such issues and to ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged.
“We will contact all centres to determine if this has affected candidates who took this morning’s exam.
“Once we have gathered this information we will be able to advise you on the remedial actions we will put in place, including whether centres should apply for special consideration.
“Again, we sincerely apologise. This is an extremely rare event and we take the matter seriously. We will continue to work at speed on this matter.”