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Contingency papers arrive at schools for today's Leaving Cert Irish exams

Schools are collecting replacement papers for this afternoon’s exam after a security breach last week.

Students at CBS Westland Row sitting exams last week
Students at CBS Westland Row sitting exams last week
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE STATE EXAMINATIONS Commission has said that it is satisfied that this afternoon’s Leaving Certificate Irish exams will go ahead without any disruption to students following last week’s security breach.

CDs for the higher and ordinary level Leaving Cert Irish aural exams were inadvertently sent to some Junior Certificate exam centres. The SEC said that the error came to light on Thursday and that it believes the content of the CDs “may have been compromised“.

Replacement higher and ordinary level Leaving Cert papers and CDs are being distributed to schools this morning and the SEC said that it is satisfied that all arrangements are in place for Paper 1 to go ahead as scheduled at 2pm.

The Commission is also moving to assure students and parents that the contingency paper is of an equivalent standard to the original.

This morning’s Maths paper 1 is also going ahead as normal.

Yesterday the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union called for increased security measures to be put in place following the breach, and said that the SEC was lucky that it had time to rectify the error without causing serious disruption.

Read: Some Junior Cert students played CD for Irish Leaving Cert aural exam>

More: Secondary school students call for increased security after Leaving Cert breach>

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