CAO early applications at 65,535 as first deadline looms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 21st, 2022 by steve

Ireland“More than 65,000 college hopefuls applied the CAO ahead of reduced-fee deadline, about 900 fewer than at the same time last year. The CAO received 65,535 applications by 5pm January 20, compared with 66,457 on the same day in 2021. The comparable figures for 2020 and 2019 are 61,387 and 59,671 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 January]

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The Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 20th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – J Tidmore (Letters, January 19th) raises excellent points with respect to the Leaving Cert. While the circumstances of the past two years forced difficult, and perhaps unfair, compromises, we have surely reached a point where we have sufficient capability to revert to some semblance of normality …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Our CAO points system is equitable and transparent. Why change it?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“When the Leaving Cert results and offers of places in colleges were released last September, there was a blizzard of criticism of the points system. This was odd because the problem at the time was caused by inflated grades produced by the school-based assessment system …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Leaving Cert 2022 – who is for and who is against sitting the traditional exams this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Over the past two years, amendments have been made to the Leaving Certificate due to the disruption the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. In 2020, the exams were completely cancelled and students received accredited grades …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 11 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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What will CAO points requirements look like in 2022?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Last year saw a significant increase in application numbers to the CAO, as almost 85,000 people sought a place in an undergraduate course in one of Ireland’s 40-plus third-level institutions. Half of the more than 5,000 additional applicants arose from the demographic increase in numbers of students in our second-level schools, a trend which will continue for a number of years to come …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Fee-paying schools dominate college entry, but some gains for Deis pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Fee-paying schools continue to dominate entry to college, but the second Covid-era Leaving Cert gave disadvantaged pupils a further CAO lift. Pupils in schools serving the most disadvantaged communities have benefited from the use of grades based on teachers’ estimated marks instead of, or alongside, exam results …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 January]

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Students in fee-charging schools more likely to progress to courses with high points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Students from fee-charging schools are significantly more likely to progress to high points college courses, according to data compiled by The Irish Times. However, schools in disadvantaged areas – or Deis schools – have also performed strongly by sending high numbers of students to third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Éanna Ó Caollaí and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Reforming the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Once again we appear to be going through the annual hand wringing exercise about the Leaving Cert (Letters, November 17th). This time however it may be preferable to consider the lessons of the pandemic, and avoid a clamour for solutions that increase rather than decrease the level of unfairness we subject second-level students to …” (more)

[Albert Winston, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Leaving cert results and ‘flattening the curve’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Leaving Certificate is being examined by the Oireachtas Committee on Further and Higher Education who have called upon senior academic and management heads to present their views. In their response the Irish Universities Association claimed the 2021 results raised considerable alarm among them with calls to ‘flatten the curve’ …” (more)

[Evelyn Mahon, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Leaving Cert reform envisages ‘curriculum for all’ recognising broader student skills

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“If you’re a student, parent or employer seeking urgent and sweeping changes to the Leaving Cert, then look away now. A major advisory report on proposals to reshape the senior cycle – due to be published by the Minister for Education shortly – advocates the kind of incremental reform that will likely take years to draw up, never mind fully implement …” (more)

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

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College entry to be based on wider range of students’ skills

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Central Applications Office (CAO) points system will need to be revised to reflect a wider range of students’ skills and learning pathways, according to a major report on senior-cycle reform to be published shortly …” (more)

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

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CAO system must change to reflect wider range of students’ skills – Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities must review the CAO points system to ensure it recognises a wider range of students’ skills or risk losing public funding, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Irish language groups and students seek CAO bonus points in new Leaving Cert Gaeilge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish language groups and students are seeking maths-style CAO bonus points for the highest-achieving students in Gaeilge as part of a new plan for the subject at Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 November]

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Universities and the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, has described the current timing of Leaving Certificate results as ‘not fit for purpose’, due to the impact on CAO offers (‘Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June’, Education, October 18th). I would suggest that the opposite is closer to reality …” (more)

[Colm O’Connor, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July. The Irish Universities Association – which represents eight of the largest universities – is also calling for an immediate end to ‘distorting’ grade inflation and a return to normal grade patterns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Students have right to be educated at home, Supreme Court told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Homeschooled students have a constitutional right to be educated at home without ‘unwarranted interference’ by the State and their exclusion from the Leaving Cert 2020 calculated grades scheme breached that right, the Supreme Court has been told. Paul O’Higgins SC, for two homeschooled students, was making submissions opposing an appeal by the Minster for Education …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 13 October]

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Single portal for CAO and further education options to open from next month

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will be able to choose between university and further education courses through a single CAO portal for the first time from next month. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said the new service will broaden the conversation around career and study options beyond our current ‘obsession’ with higher education and the points race …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Higher Education – Key Facts and Figures 2020/2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of enrolments in higher education has increased by almost 17.5% over the past six years and new data released today by the Higher Education Authority reveals that more and more students are now achieving first class honours than before …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 October]

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