Friday, September 02, 2022

Michelle Devane, PA

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said there will be “no cliff edge” for grades in next year’s Leaving Certificate.

The Fianna Fáil TD said “very similar” accommodations will be made for the Leaving Cert class of 2023 that were made for this year’s students due to the disruption to their schooling by the pandemic.

“For the class of 2023 I can confirm today that accommodations will be made for them in the exam papers, very similar to the accommodations that were announced in August of 2021,” Ms Foley said.

“That’s an acknowledgement that those students have experienced challenges too, not on a par to the class of ’22 but they have experienced challenges.”

She added: “There will be no cliff edge for the students in terms of grade inflation.”

Ms Foley made the comments in Killarney, Co Kerry on Friday as more than 61,000 students received their Leaving Certificate results.

Some 58,056 Leaving Cert and 3,051 Leaving Cert Applied students sat exams across the State earlier this year.

About half of the grades have been artificially inflated this year to ensure they were no lower than last year’s grades.

The decision was taken following a promise to students to keep the results broadly in line with last year’s grades.

Ms Foley offered her “sincere” congratulations to the class of 2022, describing results day as a moment of “achievement, celebration and success”.

“It’s an enormous achievement for them over what has been very challenging and demanding years for our students,” she said.

“They’ve met every challenge along the way.”

She also acknowledged the “enormous support” students had received from school staff.

“It’s been a challenging couple of years for them too but every step of the way their dedication to the students has been unstinting,” she added.

The results were issued online at 10am on Friday through the State Examinations Commission’s (SEC’s) candidate self-service portal.

The written examinations were held between June 8th-28th, while a deferred sitting of the exams was held from June 30th-July 16th for students who experienced close family bereavement, serious injury or illness or on public health grounds due to Covid-19.

The Leaving Certificate candidate helpline, run by the National Parents Council Post-Primary, will be available for students to talk to a guidance counsellor with any queries that they may have.

The helpline (1800-265 165) will operate from 2pm-8pm each day from results day until Wednesday, September 14th

The SEC candidate helpline (1800-111 135 or 1800-111 136) will also be available for queries relating to the self-service portal and the services from 10am-5pm from results day until Monday, September 12th.

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