Some students affected by Leaving Cert grade error may be forced to defer college course – Minister Foley

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said some students may have to defer going to college until next year if they get offered a place on a different course due to their initial Leaving Certificate results being affected by an error that saw thousands of students receive an incorrect grade.

Yesterday it emerged that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades were affected by errors in the calculated grades system.

It is not yet clear how many students lost out on a college place because of the issue, but it’s understood 800 to 900 students could be affected.

“There may well be a number of students who have to defer, but I have to say it is very early to make that call now,” Foley said.

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