Those are the words of the head of the El Alsson International School in Cairo, furious with the British Council for accidentally including “live” exam papers in a pack of past papers by mistake. Edexcel were thus obliged to send investigators to Cairo.
Colin Rogers, head of El Alsson International School in Cairo, also said that the British Council was reluctant to give up control because of the licence fees it collects. “It is incredibly lucrative here”, he said.
So, once again, we have the unsupervised British Council blundering in the administration of exams. We have had reports of students being allowed to register after taking their IELTS exams, of a failure to review centres over periods of several years, of sloppy information systems being used to change results, of a failure to check the identities of exam takers, of examiners working illegally in China and more. And now this. But who is surprised? The point is that the British Council does not have, because it does not value, expertise. It has its head firmly lodged in its own delicate place. The British Council is always content to take the money, but is unable to do things properly and with integrity.
The main reason you can’t trust the British Council is because it is unethical. The secondary reason is because it is incompetent.