Ofqual has acknowledged “allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing” in an A-level maths exam taken today.
In a statement posted online, the exams regulator said it is working with Pearson to “establish the facts” about what happened with the Edexcel C4 maths paper and asked anyone with information to come forward.
Commentators on social media alleged the exam paper had been widely leaked yesterday, with “hundreds” of people potentially seeing questions a day in advance.
In a statement on Twitter, Pearson said it had “been aware of allegations of a limited breach of security”.
“As is usual practice in these circumstances, we have opened an investigation into whether there has been any exam malpractice. We are also contacting the police on this issue.
“We would like to reassure all students that the planned exams next week will continue as scheduled and that we have established processes in place to ensure no students will be advantaged or disadvantaged in any way.”
@Edexcel. The C4 maths paper 2018 was leaked. This is not fair on the students who actually revised for this exam without knowing the paper. What are you going to do about it!? pic.twitter.com/VRCPWJcjf3
— nnick (@nnick25226889) June 22, 2018
@Edexcel C4 got leaked and now hundreds of people are not going to get the grades they deserve @Edexcel, absolutely appalling and upsetting! Found this going around twitter! 😭 #C4 #c4edexcel pic.twitter.com/bZgIhgRryc
— Rhitik Raja (@RhitikRaja) June 22, 2018
This is not just a limited breach. This is widespread malpractice and shouldnt be tolerated. These grades will affect every innocent student who sat the exam, and will limit our future by pushing the grade boundaries unproportionally higher for the rest of us. This is not fair.
— Maira (@mairaahmed_) June 22, 2018