10 October 2017
A DUP delegation including Former Education Minister, Peter Weir, met with Justin Edwards, CCEA Chief Executive, this morning. They highlighted that mistakes in examination results have caused some students and their parents undue stress and anxiety.
Speaking after the meeting, Strangford MLA Peter Weir said, “Firstly, we welcome the action taken by CCEA in relation to extending the re-mark deadline for GCSE and AS-level English Literature. This increases public confidence and ensures that students can be confident in the grade they have achieved.
We reiterated our desire to see risk minimised for future years. Furthermore, we have been assured that CCEA will implement stringent measures to avoid this situation in the future.
We have been assured that the examinations system is fit for purpose which is supported by the very low number of grades which change by two or more. Furthermore, we are satisfied that the system identified mistakes which have allowed CCEA to rectify. This ensures public confidence is maintained in our exam system and students can rest assured that their results are accurate.
It is important that this issue was dealt with in a calm and informed manner. We sought a meeting with CCEA rather than simply complaining and causing undue anxiety for parents, schools and most importantly, students.”