Maths exam papers sent to dentist's home in Colwyn Bay

Hundreds of completed WJEC maths papers were delivered by mistake to the home of a dentist instead of the person who was supposed to mark them

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Hundreds of GCSE examination papers were sent to the home of a dentist in north Wales by mistake.

A courier delivered the maths papers to Erik Lof's home in Colwyn Bay instead of an examiner's.

The Welsh exam board, the WJEC, and the Welsh Government said the issue had since been resolved and that no-one had been adversely affected.

Mr Lof took the papers to the headteacher of nearby Eirlas High School. He returned them to the WJEC.

A WJEC spokesperson said: "We are always extremely meticulous in our treatment of examination papers and completed scripts.

'Correct destination'

"The papers in question were wrongly delivered despite having the correct house number and street name on the label, and despite the examiner in question having received deliveries successfully on several previous occasions over a number of years.

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We have been in contact with WJEC and are happy to hear that the papers have reached the correct destination and that nobody will be disadvantaged”

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"We are pleased to report that a combination of sensible actions on this occasion ensured safe receipt of the scripts by the examiner within a very short time."

Initially, Mr Lof thought the package may have been for a neighbour, but did not recognise the name.

It was only on closer inspection he realised the importance of contents and alerted his neighbour, Eirlas High head teacher Phil McTague.

He said he hoped the issue would lead to a tightening of procedures and improve advice given to courier companies.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "We have been in contact with WJEC and are happy to hear that the papers have reached the correct destination and that nobody will be disadvantaged."

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