Leaving cert students protest outside the Dept. of Education in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A record 12,000-plus Leaving Cert students have sought rechecks of their calculated grade results. The surge in appeals follows controversy over the (...)

Aisling Sun: ‘My parents moved their lives here 20 years ago from China to seek a better life.’

A student from Jobstown, Dublin, who went to the Institute of Education on Leeson Street for the final two years of her studies, has called for a more(...)

Dominic Murray received 577 points through the calculated system. His school had estimated 625

Dominic Murray got 10 As in his Junior Cert, competed in an elite junior maths competition and has two parents with maths degrees. Still, in the calcu(...)

The calculated grades system left private schools focused on delivering high results feeling discriminated against, though the department insists the process was blind. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It was never going to please everyone. The political decision to abandon the Leaving Cert exam in favour of calculated grades left the Department of E(...)

The Institute of Education, the State’s largest grind school, is one of many which feels it has been penalised under the new process. Photograph: Brendan Duffy

With fees in excess of €7,000 per student, full-time grind schools have always justified their cost on the basis that their results speak for themselv(...)

International travel might be limited for now but alternatives include taking a gap year, deferring and working or repeating the Leaving Cert.
CAO is not the only game in town

So you didn’t get the course you want. Or you’ve got the course you thought you wanted, but now you’ve changed your mind. Perhaps you don’t really wa(...)

The Institute of Education, based on Dublin’s Leeson Street, has written to the Government asking it to broaden the grounds for appeal for this year’s Leaving Cert pupils. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The country’s biggest grind school says “serious flaws” in the calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students led to almost half of its teachers’(...)

Experts agree that much better infrastructure is needed for remote teaching.

In the past the State’s schools stayed open during war, famine and storms. However, the Irish education system was never built to deal with the extend(...)

Sorting and despatching  Leaving Cert exam scripts. An internal research report shows it is possible  some  exam candidates candidates are disadvantaged during the marking process. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) deserves great credit for the efficient way in which the high stakes Leaving Cert examination process is manag(...)

Ann Fleming and her eldest grandchild Cian Domican, making Christmas pudding.Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

It’s not only plum puddings that Ann Fleming is making with her grandson Cian Domican on a Thursday evening in the run-up to Christmas. It’s a whole c(...)

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