Students fined for switching places in Leaving Cert exam
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
A YALE graduate and a rugby team vice-captain have each been fined €200 after they sat each other’s Leaving Certificate physics exam four years ago.
Conor Dooney (22), described in court as a gifted student, sat Stephen Boucher’s (22) higher-level physics paper after using his friend’s student number because Boucher wanted the extra points for a marketing degree course.
Boucher later got 20 points more than he needed for the course in Dublin Institute of Technology on Aungier Street, meaning Dooney’s points were of no benefit to him.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the students were caught out after their physics teacher heard rumours that they had sat each other’s exam. She reported it to the principal after noting that Dooney got a C in his paper when she expected him to get an A.
Garda Joanne Holahan told barrister Tara Burns (prosecuting), that the students’ English exams were then compared to their physics exams. The scripts were later sent to a handwriting expert at the Garda Technical Bureau and compared with other samples of the students’ handwriting.
How important are drugs and alcohol in your life? Can you live without them? Don't substitute altered states for the true relaxation and enjoyment of life.
What are your Career Interests?
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.