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Leaving Cert examinations cancelled this Summer

The Leaving Cert examinations have been cancelled this Summer following a decision taken at Cabinet.

Minister of Education ‘Joe McHugh’ revealed the details of an alternative plan.

Students will be offered the option of accepting grades instead of sitting the Leaving Cert examinations at a later date.

There will be four layers to this calculated grade system.

  • An estimation of scores and rankings by a student’s teacher. The teacher will estimate a percentage mark for each student, and also their ranking compared to classmates. This will happen for each individual subject.
  • This will then be subjected to an in-school alignment process, in which subject teachers will work together to finalise their estimated marks and rankings.
  • The school principal will review and sign off on marks, and may return estimated ranking or marks to teachers for further consideration.
  • A process of national standardisation using statistical methods to ensure a common national standard is applied.

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