A LARGE number of Leaving Certificate students were ‘marked down’ in oral exams this year due to shortcomings in how interviews were held.
It is claimed that students’ marks were down through no fault of their own.
This year, oral exams were conducted by teachers with recordings then marked by the State Examinations Committee.
The Irish Times reports that some teachers did not conduct the oral interviews in the manner instructed.
It is reported that key sections were left out in some cases.
An email from an examiner is quoted: “Please don’t write about whether interviews were too long or short, whether too many or too few questions were asked or whether role plays were well examined or not.”
The State Examinations Committee said it would be ‘inappropriate and unfair on candidates to offer any further comment at this time, other than to confirm its commitment to ensuring that candidates are treated fairly and equitably.’Tags: