Reviewing the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Plans are under way to revise the Leaving Cert. There’s no harm in that – it does need to be looked at. Reform and renewal is good in many walks of life. But the LC needs to be looked at in the context of the fact it is, and is likely to remain, the de facto entrance exam for college …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 8 November]

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Leaving Cert bonus points proposed in sweeping reforms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sweeping changes to the Leaving Cert, including bonus points for more subjects and a system of continuous assessment of students, are proposed in a report from the Oireachtas Education Committee. The all-party committee says students who do more than one foreign language should get extra points, and there should also be a points reward for taking certain subjects at higher level …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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End CAO points race to ease pupils’ anxiety, says school principal president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It may be time to sever the link between the Leaving Cert and entry to university due to the ‘huge’ rate of anxiety among students, school leaders have warned. Mary Keane, president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said the extent of stress-related illnesses among students was a source of major concern …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 October]

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349 get college places after grade changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week. It is unclear how many of them will be able to start those courses as many colleges will instead ask them to defer their studies until next year as programmes have already been running for up to six weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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Leaving Cert students get surprise upgrades over decision to allow different exam answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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CAO applicants to UCD who get late offer after Leaving Certificate appeals released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants to University College Dublin (UCD) who get a late offer after the results of Leaving Certificate appeals are released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available. UCD’s Academic Council Executive Committee has agreed to extend the September 30 offers deadline introduced this year, in order to offer places to upgraded students if there is spare capacity on the course in question …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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UCD to admit many more upgraded students this year on ‘exceptional’ basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many more Leaving Cert students who secure upgrades to their exams will be accepted onto degree courses in UCD this year on an ‘exceptional’ basis following the Rebecca Carter ruling. It is estimated up to 60 students will secure upgrades in their appeals this week which would make them eligible for courses at UCD …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Analysis: Compulsory Irish review shines light on ‘sacred cow’ of education

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last year more than 1,000 pupils from abroad were able to secure exemptions from studying Irish in the run-up to the Leaving Cert. Significantly, the proportion of students availing of this opt-out peaked dramatically in fifth year, when the Leaving Cert curriculum begins …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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No need to pay more teachers to correct exams – Bruton

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education has said he will not have to pay more teachers to correct Leaving Cert exam papers to speed up the correction process. Richard Bruton made the comments following a court case by an 18-year-old student who wanted to get a marking mistake in her Leaving Cert exam fixed in time for her to go to university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 September]

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The Irish Times view on The Leaving Cert: How to fix it

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The High Court judgment in the Rebecca Carter case has brought into sharp relief a number of fundamental flaws in how we now administer the Leaving Cert. The exam itself is still, after 92 years, a fair system in which each student can anonymously demonstrate their ability in their chosen subjects …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 September]

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Hundreds of students to be affected by Leaving Cert appeals ruling

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students every year are being forced to wait a year before taking up their course due to delays in correcting Leaving Cert appeals. This week’s High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter is likely to result in a faster appeals process which is likely to allow these students to take up their courses in future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 September]

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SEC to carry out ‘urgent assessment’ of Leaving Cert appeal timeline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission is to carry out an ‘urgent assessment’ of the current timelines involved in the Leaving Certificate appeals process. The SEC board met this evening to consider the implications of this week’s High Court ruling. In a statement issued after its meeting …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Leaving Cert student’s marks upgraded following successful appeal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter, who won her High Court case aimed at getting a marking mistake fixed in time for her to go to university, has been told that her appeal has been successful and her marks have have been upgraded …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Bruton vows to speed up appeal process for Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has pledged to help speed up the appeals process for Leaving Cert exam students to ensure students do not lose out on potential college places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Leaving Cert ruling has far-reaching implications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Wednesday’s High Court ruling, in a case involving a student who appealed her Leaving Certificate results, has far reaching ramifications. Mr Justice Humphreys described the appeals system as ‘manifestly unfit for purpose’, and he directed that the Minister for Education and his department ensure that by next year, appeals are completed before the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 September]

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Q&A: What are the implications of the Leaving Cert appeals ruling?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

IrelandWhy are the State exams being reviewed? On Thursday, the High Court ruled in favour of an 18-year-old student, Rebecca Carter, who argued that she was being denied a place in her veterinary medicine course at UCD because her Leaving Cert exam marks had been totted up incorrectly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Bruton must act on dysfunctional Leaving Certificate appeals process – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals process. Deputy Byrne made the comments following yesterday’s High Court judgement which found that the current appeals process is highly unfair and causes untold stress for students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 September]

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Calls for universities to delay registration dates after Leaving Cert student wins High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There are calls for third-level institutions to extend their course registration cut-off dates. It comes after a 19-year-old won her case against the State Examinations Commission over its appeals process …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 September]

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