There is no date yet for the release of the Leaving Certificate results this summer.
Education Minister Norma Foley said that while there were “considerable challenges” in grading this year’s exams, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) is doing everything in its power to ensure that a date is set for the release of the results concluded and that it is included in the “not too distant future”, reports RTE.
The grading has been skewed in recent years due to the predicted grades introduced during the pandemic.
Since 2020, this has resulted in above average returns.
Secretary Foley today reiterated the promise made to this year’s high school seniors that there would be no sudden return to grade levels prior to 2020, or the so-called ‘cliff’.
Prior to 2020, the results of the Leaving Certificate were always released in mid-August.
However, results have been delayed until September in recent years due to postgraduate adjustments required following the introduction of accredited grades.
This created scheduling and other difficulties for third level colleges, reports RTE.
Difficulties in recruiting teachers to mark examination papers also contributed to the delay.
This year, the State Examinations Commission announced increased payments to hire more examiners.
“But they are doing all that they can to ensure that it will be in the best timeframe possible. In fairness to students we had to give that commitment that there wouldn’t be a cliff edge. Last year the State Examinations Commission achieved that and I have every confidence that they will do likewise this year,” Minister Foley said, reports RTE.
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