Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will constitute an independent inquiry into the 2020 leaving certificate which would examine the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the exam, the design and implementation of the calculated grades system, the ensuing errors and omissions and the knock-on effect on the CAO process; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 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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Pressure mounts for change to calculated Leaving Cert grading system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is coming under pressure to change its calculated grading system for Leaving Cert students after similar ‘standardisation’ measures in the United Kingdom were scrapped amid controversy on Monday. Opposition parties last night called for a review of the Government’s plan after the British government made a U-turn on A-level results, abandoning its standardisation process …” (more)

[Jack Power, Pat Leahy, Jack Horgan-Jones and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Student Accommodation – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to reports that a third level institution (details supplied) is not refunding prepaid rent for campus accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Education Minister Norma Foley accused of breaching ministerial code

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley has been accused of breaching the ministerial code after she failed to tell the Dáil last week that the Leaving Cert results would be delayed until September 7 …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 21 July]

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Leaving Cert results and college offers to be delayed until September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers will not happen until early September – and further delay entry to college for first years. The two key events in the annual school-leavers’ calendar look set to run at least three weeks later than usual because of havoc wrought by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 16 July]

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Almost 1,000 students fail to register before calculated grades deadline

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert students have failed to register for their calculated grades ahead of Friday’s extended noon deadline. A total of 98% of the 61,029 students registered to sit the Leaving Cert have registered and are set to receive their results in August …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Please don’t let an algorithm have the final say on Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Algorithms built on biased data can never be unbiased, and the recent decision to adjust grading for the Leaving Cert based on previous school performance will weigh heavily on DEIS students …” (more)

[Elaine Burke, Silicon Republic, 18 May]

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Gifts for teachers to be treated as ‘serious attempt’ to undermine Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Any attempt to offer teachers gifts or inducements in relation to students’ Leaving Cert results will be treated as a ‘serious attempt’ to interfere with an entire school’s grades, under new Department of Education rules. Department officials are finalising official guidance for teachers and schools over the use of calculated grades for students and it is likely to issue to teachers’ representatives in the middle of this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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TDs claim predictive grade Leaving Cert discriminates against working class students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29. Instead, students will now be offered the option of accepting grades calculated by their teachers or sitting the Leaving Certificate at a later date when the pandemic eases …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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‘That is a disgrace’: Row erupts over claims ‘school profiling’ will discriminate against some students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A row erupted in the Dáil this afternoon over concerns raised about the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 May]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Minister comes under pressure over lobbying for Susi grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘wink-and-elbow politics’ after she made scores of representations on behalf of students whose Susi application was rejected. The Fine Gael minister wants students around the country to contact her office if their application for a grant is rejected by Susi …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 16 August]

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On-campus accommodation costs rise across country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says third-level institutions are taking advantage of the housing crisis …” (audio)

[RTÉ – News at One, 7 August]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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Government not doing enough to tackle rising student rents

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said the Government must do more to tackle rising student accommodation rents. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, we have read reports that there has been a rise in the numbers of students commuting to college as rents are becoming unaffordable in many college cities and towns …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 June]

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FG cannot continue to be evasive on Higher Education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that unless the Minister for Education addresses the issues with higher education funding, the sector will remain stagnant. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘While I am no fan of education ranking systems, the fact that Irish universities continue to fall in the QS World University Rankings, is a damning inditement of the lack of the lack of investment in the third level sector …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 June]

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Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, while the Cabinet approved legislative proposals to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Board, hundreds of students were protesting accommodation hikes in DCU outside the Dáil …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 17 April]

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Minister Bruton needs to rule out student loan schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 12 April]

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Student accommodation hikes unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised student accommodation providers in Dublin for proposing sharp rent increases for student accommodation. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The latest rent increases by private student accommodation providers will see privately-owned DCU student accommodation fees rise to over €10,000 for nine months …'” (more)

[Labour Party, 27 March]

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