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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
Mistakes in exam board's papers
Ray Weatherburn
Mr Weatherburn said the paper showed the north east incorrectly
An examination board has promised to investigate after exam papers contained major inaccuracies about the West Midlands on a map.

The flaws in the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board's GCSE geography paper were noticed by staff at Christopher Whitehead High School in Worcester.

They spotted that the main conurbation was in the wrong place and the route of the M6 motorway was also incorrect.

The school said it was frustrating that the board had made mistakes.

National park - not

The head of geography, Ray Weatherburn, said: "The examiners speak to teachers like ourselves who work very hard to get it right.

"They can't get their side of the game right and it's extremely frustrating for all of us.

"The north east is in the wrong place. The Norfolk Broads are shown as a national park and they're not.

"Something must be done so the future credibility of national examinations can be preserved."

Forty-eight pupils at the school sat the geography paper this year.

The exam board has assured them that nobody will be disadvantaged.

A spokesman said it was confident that the question measured the skill it was designed to measure.

The only complaint about the paper had come from the Worcester school.




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