Leaving Cert: High Court to rule on challenge to 2020 calculated grades process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge will rule on Tuesday on the lead challenge over the calculated grades process adopted for the Leaving Certificate 2020 exam in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Justice Charles Meenan heard the lead action by Freddie Sherry, who was a 2020 Leaving Cert student at Belvedere College, Dublin, over some five weeks before the case concluded in early February …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Judgment on Leaving Cert calculated grades case due within weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge will give judgment within the coming weeks on the lead challenge over the calculated grades process adopted for the Leaving Certificate 2020 exam in response to the Covid pandemic. On Wednesday, Mr Justice Charles Meenan, when case managing some 60 other actions brought over the calculated grades, said he was adjourning those for further mention to March 10th …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Former University of Limerick HR director fails to get injunction halting probe into alleged misuse of funds

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has dismissed a bid by a former Human Resources Director with the University of Limerick’s to halt an investigation into his alleged role in the suspected misuse of funds regarding the college’s pension scheme …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Limerick Leader, 11 February]
[The ruling is here.]

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Cork City student accommodation plan faces court challenge

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A challenge has been mounted against a decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a 216-bed student accommodation development in Cork City. The action has been brought by an association that represents local residents, who are opposed to the demolition of an existing structure and the construction of the student housing development consisting of 30 apartments located at Orchard Road in Cork City …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 17 December]

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Leaving Cert legal challenge: Using historical data would not have hit disadvantaged schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The standardisation process used to estimate Leaving Certificate grades would not have discriminated against students attending disadvantaged schools even if data about schools’ past performances in the exam had been included, the High Court has heard …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 10 December]

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Changes to Leaving Cert model disadvantaged good students at top schools, court told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Changes made by the Minister for Education to the model used to assess calculated Leaving Certificate grades systematically disadvantaged good students attending high performing schools, the High Court has been told. Feichín McDonagh SC, for student Freddie Sherry, said expert evidence will show the Minister’s decision not to use historical data on school’s past performances in the Leaving Cert resulted in a disproportionate reduction in the grades his client had received from his teachers …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Education Minister failed to keep Leaving Cert ‘fair and accurate’, court hears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education breached commitments to keep the 2020 Leaving Certificate fair and accurate and comparable to other years’ results by not including historical school data in the calculated grade process, the High Court has heard …” (more)

[Independent, 9 December]

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Minister breached commitments to keep Leaving Cert ‘fair and accurate’, court told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on December 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education breached commitments to keep the 2020 Leaving Certificate fair and accurate, and comparable to other years results, in failing to include historical school data in the calculated grade process, the High Court has been told …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Senior Department of Education official to be cross-examined in case over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has permitted a limited cross-examination of the assistant secretary of the Department of Education during the lead challenge over the Leaving Cert calculated grades process. That action, by Freddie Sherry, a Leaving Cert student at Dublin’s Belvedere College, is due to open next Tuesday with more than 30 other cases awaiting its outcome …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Calculated grades: Draft suggested ‘negative consequences’ of excluding historical data

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A draft document circulated by the director of the Leaving Cert calculated grades office referred to the ‘negative consequences’ of excluding historical school data from a calculated grades model as including ‘better performing disadvantaged schools also [being] thrown under the bus’, the High Court has heard …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Leaving Cert calculated grades memo deemed confidential, High Court hears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A memorandum considered by Cabinet before approving the exclusion of historical school data from the Leaving Cert calculated grades process cannot be disclosed on grounds of Cabinet confidentiality, the State has told the High Court …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Draft standardisation model would see private school’s grades drop, court told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A draft grade standardisation model showed a fee-paying Dublin school would see a substantial reduction in its traditionally high Leaving Cert grades, the High Court has been told. The model showed Mount Anville would see a reduction in some subjects by up to 70%, the court heard …” (more)

[Independent, 21 November]

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UCD employee sues college over injuries from lifting box of brochures

Posted in Legal issues on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Corporate Relations Manager who claims she injured her neck as she attempted to pick up a box of information leaflets at an event in Budapest to promote UCD has sued the university in the High Court …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 1 October]

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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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Second student wins calculated grades exclusion case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second home-schooled Leaving Certificate student who was excluded from this year’s Calculated Grades process has won their case in the High Court. In his ruling Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the Department of Education’s failure to provide a system for the unnamed student was irrational, arbitrary, unfair and unlawful …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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The college year will be well under way by time grades case is decided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Even if students legally challenging the calculated grades system win their cases, they may not get their chosen place in college this year. The wheels of justice turn slowly and it will be the end of October, at the earliest, before a ‘lead’ case gets under way in the High Court …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 24 September]

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Leaving Cert students at fee-paying south Dublin school launch High Court case against Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at a fee-paying south Dublin school who received their Leaving Certificate results earlier this month have initiated legal proceedings against the Government. Papers were filed on behalf of the students and the board of management at St Kilian’s German School in Clonskeagh in the High Court on Tuesday …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 September]

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2019 student withdraws case after securing college choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has withdrawn her High Court challenge to the 2020 calculated grades system after securing a place on her course of choice …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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Leaving Cert is a total mess that could have been easily avoided

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The skies are darkening with the chickens coming home to roost. The High Court cases are the big test of a Leaving Cert which may have seemed two weeks ago to have been a success. In reality, it was always nothing short of a shambles. If the courts rule in favour of the students, then the whole house of cards will come tumbling down as a disorderly queue forms for those with similar claims …” (more)

[Colm O’Rourke, Independent, 20 September]

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2019 Leaving Cert student brings challenge over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has brought a High Court challenge after missing out on her first choice of university course …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 September]

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