Irish Jewish students ‘quarantined’ for Shabbat exam

DUBLIN (JTA) — A group of Jewish Irish students who were "quarantined" over Shabbat are taking a state English exam a day late.  

While students across the rest of the country took the test, the handful of Jewish high-schoolers spent Saturday without access to electronic media under supervision in observant households in Dublin to ensure they did not have access to the questions on the national exam 

The decision to quarantine came following discussions between Ireland’s only Jewish secondary school and the Irish state examination commission.

The test, which forms part of the Leaving Certificate college entrance exams, had to be re-scheduled from Thursday after teachers at a school in County Louth inadvertently distributed the paper a day early to students who were sitting for a different test.

Within hours the contents of the exam had been widely disseminated via text messages and the Internet, forcing the Irish Department of Education to postpone the test until Saturday.

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