A-Level student feels victimised for ‘cheating’ but exam board stands by decision

The BBC is reporting that an exam board has defended its decision to disqualify an A-level student from three quarters of her sociology paper.

Eighteen-year-old Fabienne Ruttledge was sent three out of the four questions on a WhatsApp group chat on the morning of her exam.

Speaking to Newsbeat, she says she feels unfairly victimised because others in the group weren’t punished.

AQA says it disqualified others as there was “clear evidence” against them.

But Fabienne, from Essex, is adamant she did nothing wrong and is worried it will affect her career opportunities and university choices.

“On the day of the exam someone posted the questions in the group,” she explains to Newsbeat.

“I dismissed it, I thought it was set out to put people off like a sabotage kind of thing.”

It’s believed the questions came from a student who sat the paper earlier due to a timetable clash.

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  1. Decades ago, schools were warned that if pupils were found cheating then the pupils would have ALL their exams declared null and void.  She’s lucky this didn’t happen.
    When there was a timetable clash or when pupils taking, say, typing and there weren’t enough typewriters for all candidates to take the exam at the same time, the pupils were kept in isolation to avoid any contact (and this was before the internet, remember).  This should surely have happened where a pupil was allowed to take an exam early.

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