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There is just one veterinary faculty on the island of Ireland, offering 82 places each year. Photograph: iStock

My dream has always been to work as a vet with small animals. I’m in sixth year and aiming for UCD, but the CAO points have jumped from 567 last year (...)

The appeals process is separate to the discovery in recent weeks of about 15,000 errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades process. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Just 18 Leaving Cert results have been upgraded out of about 33,000 rechecks, according to figures released by the Department of Education. The low n(...)

Research which draws on the Growing Up in Ireland study shows that from an early age girls’ performance at maths is underestimated by teachers and parents relative to boys.

Gender stereotyping is resulting in girls’ performance at maths being significantly underestimated by teachers and parents from primary school onwards(...)

There is a need for a broad conversation on how we move young adults from secondary school to their desired career pathway, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Photograph: Julien Behal

We need to get rid of the the “snobby” obsession with university as the only pathway for school-leavers, Minister for Further and Higher Education Sim(...)

The postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams are due to take place between November 16th and December 11th. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A total of 2,820 students have applied to sit the postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams which are due to be held next month. This represents just under 5(...)

Minister for  Higher Education  Simon Harris TD and the CAO held a meeting on Monday to discuss the number of places which are likely to be required for upgraded students.

Up to 450 new CAO offers will be issued on Thursday to students whose Leaving Cert results were upgraded following errors in the calculated grades pro(...)

Students with these higher grades will not be downgraded as exam candidates are not penalised for such errors.

Almost 8,000 Leaving Cert grades issued this year were higher than they should have been due to coding errors in the calculated grades process, accord(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley expressed regret to students for what had happened at a press conference

An independent review of errors in the calculated grading process which led to thousands of students receiving the wrong results only focused on a sam(...)

 Leaving Cert students protesting against calculated grades outside the Department of Education in Dublin in September.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So, exactly how many students have now been affected by errors in grades? A total of 6,100 Leaving Cert students across 610 schools will get upgrade(...)

The precise number of students who will receive higher grades will not be available until a series of verification checks are completed. Photograph: The Irish Times

So how, exactly, did the errors occur? Two errors were discovered in the coding process or algorithm used to implement the standardisation process af(...)

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