Returned papers challenged

29th October 1999 at 01:00
THE FORMER head of the judiciary in England and Wales has questioned the legality of a Government-inspired pilot to return marked exam scripts to schools.

More than 275,000 marked scripts were returned this August as part of a Government drive to make the exam process more transparent. Ministers also hope the scheme will reduce the number of appeals by allowing pupils to see their mistakes.

However, a study by the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, into the fairness of the GCSE and A-level exam system, has questioned whether it is legal to return scripts to schools without candidates' permission.

Lord Mackay argued that the entire exam system was based on confidentiality and that new regulations would be needed to make it clear that scripts would be returned to schools.

But Lord Mackay pointed out: "It should be considered whether it is lawful to return scripts without the approval of the candidate and whether it is right to reveal scripts to anyone but the candidate."

Time for appeals, 10

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