They said ..

7th December 2007 at 00:00
'Millions of British exam papers are to be marked in India this summer' News of the World.We say ...

The Sunday tabloid's political editor deserves an 'F' for comprehension. In its enthusiasm to use the punny headline "Bombay Levels", the tabloid confused on-screen marking, used for millions of UK papers, with outsourcing marking to India - which is not done, and is not due to happen yet.

AQA papers are marked in England, then scanned and emailed to India for the scores to be input into a database.

They are not marked there. Edexcel has sent old papers to Australian examiners in a trial, not "live" ones. Both boards and OCR, said they had never marked GCSE and A-level papers overseas.

And nor does the company which oversees the marking of national tests.

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