Number of Leaving Cert students who secured top grades soars by 1,600%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Cert candidates who secured top grades – eight H1s – surged from just seven students in 2019 to 119 last year, an increase of 1,600%. The new figures, released following a freedom of information request, came as senior university figures warned that grade inflation risks undermining the credibility of Leaving Cert awards …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Students could miss out on preferred courses under hybrid Leaving Cert, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Universities have warned that having a hybrid Leaving Cert this year could result in more students missing out on first-choice college courses due to increased use of random selection. Students, parent groups and many school principals have called for Leaving Cert candidates to be given a choice between teacher-assessed grades and sitting the exams in June due to disruption to their education caused by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Hybrid exam system creates inequalities – NUI Galway Registrar

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway has said he would be in favour of students sitting traditional Leaving Certificate exams this year. Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said he understood the pressures that Leaving Cert students are under and sympathises with them, but said he believes the hybrid system creates inequalities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 January]

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Call to tackle ‘cruel’ grade inflation as college points hit new high

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“High levels of grade inflation in the Leaving Cert exams are ‘cruel’ and need to return to normal next year, according to universities. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, deputy president of NUI Galway and chairman of the CAO, said too many students on high points lost out on their chosen courses due to record high grades this year …” (more)

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

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‘Hard reality’ some students won’t get first CAO choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pol Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President of NUI Galway and Chair of the CAO, has said the ‘hard reality’ is some students will not be successful in securing their first choice. Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, he said the Leaving Certificate points have gone up and therefore the demand for the places has gone up …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 September]

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Students should consider not returning home at weekends – CAO board chairman

Posted in Life on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students should consider not returning home at the weekends during the academic term, in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the chairman of the CAO board has said. The suggestion has been challenged by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), which said visiting family is important for the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 11 September]

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