Lyttle contacts Department and CCEA over questionable exam results

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has contacted the Department of Education and Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) asking for urgent clarification after questions were raised over English Literature exam results.

It emerged on BBC’s Nolan Show a number of GCSE English Literature pupils saw an increase in their results after having papers re-marked. Hundreds of AS-Level English Literature students are also believed to have asked for their papers to be re-marked as well.

Mr Lyttle, the former Deputy Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, said it was a “shocking” situation.

“This issue has clearly affected a number of pupils and it is therefore of great concern. If the Assembly was operating and the Education Committee sitting, I would be asking the Department and CCEA to come and answer questions on this matter immediately.

“Therefore in its absence, I have written to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education and also CCEA asking for urgent clarification on this issue. There is major pressure put on pupils and teachers to get good results, and we must be able to rely on the results achieved.

“Some of the disparities uncovered and the numbers of pupils seeking remarks are shocking. We need answers and we need them soon, so we can keep trust in our education system.”

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