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.
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