Students complain following audio issues in Leaving Cert Spanish aural exam

Students complain following audio issues in Leaving Cert Spanish aural exam

Leaving cert students and parents have complained to the State Examinations Commission following sound issues experienced during some Spanish aural exams.

Students from Cork and across Ireland took to social media to vent their frustration after today’s exam, citing issues with sound quality.

Some said the audio skipped in places and was also completely incoherent in others, making achieving full answers very difficult.

In a statement to The Echo, the SEC confirmed that it has received a small number of complaints from candidates and parents regarding sound issues experienced in some of the 2019 aural examination.

“As is the case every year, the conduct of aural tests can present localised issues in individual examination centres,” said a spokesperson.

“Examination superintendents as part of their duties are required to report back to the SEC on issues concerning sound quality or interruptions to the conduct of the aural examinations whether arising from disc or equipment failure, acoustics in the centre, external noise or other sound quality issues.

“The SEC also receives reports from schools bringing such issues to its attention,” she added.

“As part of normal business, the SEC will follow up on these reports and take steps to address any identified disadvantage to candidates through the marking process.

These and any other complaints received will be brought to the attention of the Chief Examiner.” The latest issue is not the first to impact this year’s state exams.

Comedian and illustrator Aoife Dooley received death and rape threats after an article she wrote for The Irish Times appeared in this year’s Junior Cert English paper.

The article has led to teenagers issuing “dozens” of threats to Ms Dooley.

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