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One of many nation’s greatest examination boards, OCR, has admitted to an error in Friday’s English Literature GCSE examination, taken by round 14,000 youngsters.

The error associated to a query on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by which the household background of a key character, Tybalt, was blended up.

The query recommended he’s a Montague when the truth is he’s a Capulet.

The board apologised and stated no candidates would lose out, however head academics stated the error was “severe”.

Geoff Barton, common secretary of the Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders, stated when candidates see errors in a paper it might probably undermine their confidence.

He added: “Candidates have each proper to anticipate that awarding our bodies full a full examine on examination papers to make sure that they do not expertise such issues.

“Equally, colleges and schools must pay hundreds of kilos a yr to examination boards and are entitled to higher high quality assurance than this.

“This seems to be a severe error and it’ll have triggered stress and concern to candidates.”

Nonetheless, some college students reacting to the examination on Twitter stated that that they had wasted time on the query, whereas academics additionally spoke out.

One GCSE pupil, @alimount550, said: “I am completely fuming…. needed to be taught 15 poems and so they could not even get a family proper.”

One other, @LuciaBowler, tweeted: “So even @OCREnglish cannot get the Romeo and Juliet households proper how do they anticipate me to get it proper?”

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OCR stated about 14,000 college students out of round 700,000 took the examination, however it’s not clear what number of tackled the query, which requested college students: “How does Shakespeare current the methods by which Tybalt’s hatred of the Capulets influences the end result of the play? Discuss with this extract from Act 1 Scene 5 and elsewhere within the play.”

In an announcement, the examination board stated: “We’re conscious of an error in at the moment’s OCR GCSE English Literature paper.

“We apologise and can put issues proper when the examination is marked and graded so no pupil want fear about being deprived. We’re investigating as a matter of urgency how this acquired by way of our assurance processes.”

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Russell Passion, common secretary of faculty leaders’ union NAHT, stated: “After two years of examine it isn’t acceptable for college students to face such a fundamental error of their examination papers.

“OCR are rightly apologetic however simply precisely how they suggest to mark this specific paper will depart many college students, their colleges and their dad and mom with an anxious wait for his or her outcomes.

“OCR must be significantly open to any requests for a re-mark if college students really feel that their efforts haven’t been correctly graded.”