THIS evening’s announcement by Minister for Education, Norma Foley was met with fury and unease by students and parents. Instead of the mid August expected result date, September 7 has been announced as the results date for Leaving Certificate students.
These results are the outcome of the calculated grade system which was adopted as an emergency step this year.
Students will not have the option to go to the school to collect their results, as in previous years. All results will be available through the exam portal. It is reported that the new system will need time to adjust to, and therefore the data will take longer than anticipated to process.
61,000 students opted in for the calculated grade system. Students will be asked to login to gov.ie/LeavingCertificate on Monday, July 20 to confirm officially that they are happy to continue with the calculated grade option.
Physical examinations are expected to run in November, for students who do not wish, or cannot, proceed with the calculated grades. Students who are unhappy with their grades will also be given the option of sitting the examinations in November.
There will be substantial pressure on students for accommodation and organising ahead of third level, as courses will start a small number of weeks after the results. The Department have moved to reassure those who are hoping to study in the UK, saying there is enough time.
The delay in the results of the Leaving Certificate brings to an end what has been a year of tremendous uncertainty and worry for many students.