A-level results accidentally put on interwebs a week early
Edexcel was testing its online 'A' level results service over the weekend when it left a web server live and accidentally released grades a week early.
The cock-up happened on Saturday morning and was fixed by early afternoon, by which time several dozen students had seen their results and texted grades to friends too.
A spokeswoman explained that tests had been carried out to ensure the service stayed up during a short but very busy peak period. The company is still investigating why the server was made live.
Edexcel said: "While we believe that no student will be unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged as a consequence, we would like to apologise to schools and students who might feel unsettled by this issue."
Competition for university places is particularly fierce this year as kids try to reduce the impact of huge rises in fees.
The news follows a similar screw-up in Scotland where exam boards texted students their grades early. ®
Without a 'big day' the newspapers wouldn't be able to put out nearly as many "Record new pass rate!" headlines, preferably all paired with attractive photogenic schoolgirls jumping into the air and hugging each other photos. Quick search/replace to change the name of the standard issue "swotty kid gets 13 A*'s and goes to Cambridge two years early" story on page 4, filler opinion piece about whether record results mean a decline in exam standards, and job's done down the pub! Easiest day for journalists evar.
"Why is it always pretty girls attached to articles about A-Level results?"
It's a subtle clue that there is something our society values more than grades.
A-levels? Or T&A-levels?
Re: About as much as yuou'd expect from them.
"the slap-dash approach was endemic bath them"
Intentional or accidental irony?