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Re-sit: Ambulance officers will have to re-sit their final exams. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Twenty-six ambulance officers training to be paramedics in Perth will have to re-sit their final year exams after it was revealed some questions were leaked to them.

Edith Cowan University confirmed this week that it launched an internal investigation after becoming aware last month of anomalies in some exam answers from its students.

The students are employed as ambulance officers by St John Ambulance and in the final stages of a Bachelor of Science degree at ECU's Joondalup campus to become paramedics.

The Weekend West understands the students were sent the questions unsolicited from someone not attending ECU.

The university said its students had not cheated and had been cleared of academic misconduct but confirmed they would have to re-sit the exam.

ECU vice-chancellor Kerry Cox said the university was told of potential irregularities in an exam conducted by an external partner within its paramedical science degree.

"As a result, the university put the students' grades on hold and launched an investigation into the matter," he said.

"The timing of this action was clearly unfortunate for some of our students but we acted to preserve the integrity of the degrees that our graduates work so hard to achieve.

"The university's investigation of this matter did not find any academic misconduct on the part of ECU students.

"It was found that a student from another institution had shared questions from the examination with our students before they had sat the examination."

Professor Cox said a new exam had been prepared for the students to sit shortly.

St John Ambulance WA deputy chief executive Anthony Smith said the service had been looking into the matter with ECU after anomalies with an exam were detected.

"ECU has advised that no academic misconduct has occurred," he said. "St John Ambulance is continuing to work with ECU to ensure the ongoing integrity of this program."

St John said its inquiry was ongoing so it could not comment on who leaked the questions.

Curtin University, which since last year is the only university which will train paramedics for St John Ambulance, said it was aware of the incident but none of its students was involved in leaking exam questions.

The West Australian

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