Norma Foley: Maximum number of college places will be made available but some may have to defer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that the maximum number of third level places possible will be made available to students who have been impacted by the errors in the calculated grades system. Up to 1,000 extra college places may be needed for students due to errors in calculated grades issued to thousands of Leaving Cert candidates …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 1 October]

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UCC students temporarily suspended after public health breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has confirmed that 11 students have been suspended on a temporary basis following breaches of student rules relating to public health. In a statement issued this afternoon, UCC acknowledge that while the vast majority of their students have been adhering to national public health guidelines, its Campus Watch had received 11 complaints since the term recommenced earlier this week …” (more)

[Jennie O’Sullivan, RTÉ News, 1 October]

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Leaving Cert students ‘kept in dark’ over grading errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cabinet ministers and Leaving Certificate students were ‘kept in the dark’ over the calculated grades errors, it has been claimed. Sinn Fein’s Donnchadh O Laoghaire said there was a ‘striking’ lack of clarity over exactly who knew what and when about the errors in the system …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 1 October]

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Students fall victim to coalition’s latest howler

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the college year struggles to an uncertain start, 6,500 students and their families have been hit with a bombshell. Errors in their Leaving Certificate grading raise serious questions, with major emotional, financial and logistical implications about their future lives …” (more)

[Independent, 1 October]

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Colleges may have to create 1,000 extra places after Leaving Cert errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 1,000 extra college places may be needed for students due to errors in calculated grades issued to thousands of Leaving Cert candidates. Minister for Education Norma Foley apologised on Wednesday for coding errors which resulted in at least 6,500 students receiving a lower grade than they ought to have received …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Jennifer Bray and Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Third-Level Institutions Sought to Help Fix Leaving Cert Student Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday September 30th, it was announced that a possible 7,200 students who received predicted Leaving Cert grades have had a grade miscalculated as a result of an error in the calculation process. Minister Foley has said that 6,500 students will have one exam grade upgraded following the realisation of two errors in the ‘coding’ process …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 30 September]

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High Court case challenging UCC and CAO dropped

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As calculated grades were released by the Department of Education, offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) were made on Friday September 11th 2020. There was a mixed reaction to these results and subsequent offers, which was exacerbated by a media frenzy, as it was the first ever year of the ‘calculated grades’ process …” (more)

[Maebh McCarthy, University Express, 30 September]

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Norma Foley did not inform Cabinet of Leaving Cert grading error at Tuesday’s meeting

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath has revealed that ministers were not told about the Leaving Cert calculated grade error at Cabinet on Tuesday. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr McGrath said that despite this issue being known about for a week, Education Minister Norma Foley did not inform her colleagues at their weekly meeting …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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Gardai say they will not provide specific addresses of student house parties to NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai say they will not provide specific addresses of student house parties to NUIG but will continue the practice of highlighting problem areas to the university. It had been understood that Gardai would provide the addresses of student house parties they have broken up to NUIG in an effort to enforce regulations on mass gatherings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 30 September]

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