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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Leaving Cert student takes High Court case over calculated grading system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Cert student who narrowly missed out on the points to study medicine has mounted a High Court challenge to the Leaving Cert calculated grades system. This is the first of what may be several High Court challenges against the system used to calculate Leaving Certificate results during Covid 19 …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 16 September]

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Leaving Cert student’s challenge over calculated grade refusal is adjourned

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

Ireland“A High Court challenge by a home-schooled Leaving Cert student over the Minister for Education’s refusal to consider her application for calculated grades is unlikely to be heard this month. The action, the second of its type, has been brought by a 17-year-old student from outside Dublin …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Second student takes legal action on grades

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second Leaving Certificate student who was home-schooled by a parent has brought High Court proceedings against the Education Minister’s refusal to consider her application for calculated grades. The latest action has been brought by a 17-year-old student from outside Dublin, who cannot be identified for legal reasons …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolan and Ray Managh, Independent, 1 September]

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Q&A: What does court ruling on calculated grades mean for Leaving Cert students?

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

IrelandWhat just happened? Elijah Burke, a Leaving Cert student who was home-schooled by his mother, has won his High Court challenge against the Minister for Education’s decision to exclude him from the calculated grades process. He claimed the exclusion of students who were tutored by a parent or close relative at home from the calculated grades process breached his rights and was unfair and discriminatory …” (more)

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

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Student home-schooled by mother wins challenge against Leaving cert predictive grade system

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Cert student who was home-schooled by his mother has won his High Court challenge against the Minister for Education’s decision to exclude him from the calculated grades process …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 19 August]

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‘Highly gifted’ student’s challenge against ‘discriminatory’ Leaving Cert calculated grades system opens before the High Court

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A decision not to consider a home-schooled Leaving Cert student’s application for calculated grades is ‘unjust and discriminatory’, the High Court has heard. Elijah Burke claims the exclusion of home school students from the calculated grades process breaches his rights under the Article 42 of the Constitution and the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 12 August]

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Leaving Cert student’s challenge over calculated grades gets urgent hearing

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An urgent hearing will be held next month of a High Court action by a home-schooled Leaving Cert student aimed at having his application for calculated grades considered by the Department of Education. After Mr Justice Charles Meenan was told on Wednesday the Minister for Education conceded Elijah Burke was entitled to leave to bring his judicial review proceedings, the judge fixed the case for hearing on August 12th and 13th …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Student teacher takes legal challenge over not being permitted to graduate this year

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student teacher has brought High Court proceedings against Maynooth University over not being permitted to graduate this year because she had not built up sufficient teaching experience to enable an assessment …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Universities set for High Court battle over alleged ‘poaching’ of staff member

Posted in Legal issues on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s universities is suing another third-level institution over the alleged ‘poaching’ of one of its academic staff. The National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) has brought High Court proceedings against University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, BreakingNews.ie, 27 August]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Trinity student challenges incorrect conviction contained on Garda vetting disclosure

Posted in Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university student has brought a High Court challenge over what she says is the wrongful inclusion of a criminal conviction against her on a disclosure issued by the Garda National Vetting Bureau …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 5 March]

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Exams body said student’s appeal case ‘self-serving’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The case brought by Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter was described as ‘self-serving’ by the State Examinations Commission as it fought her bid to secure a college place. New details have emerged of the lengths the State went to in an effort to stop Ms Carter winning her High Court case …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 October]

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Case in which Leaving Cert marks wrongly totted up ‘cannot be repeated’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has said situations such as that experienced by students like Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up, ‘cannot be repeated’. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the current system where Leaving Cert exams are reviewed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) is ‘highly unfair’ to Leaving Cert students …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 3 October]

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