Leaving Cert errors: 6,300 students to have at least one grade upgraded

Minister for Education, Norma Foley, is expected to address Leaving Cert students later today
Leaving Cert errors: 6,300 students to have at least one grade upgraded

Norma Foley, the Minister for Education, is expected to address students later today.

Approximately 6,300 students will have at least one grade upgraded in the Leaving Cert 2020 results.

It is understood an error has affected 10% of results and relates to one line of code. 

Education Minister Norma Foley is understood to have been advised of the errors last Wednesday.

Ms Foley is due to make a statement on the matter this afternoon.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin earlier confirmed that two errors had been discovered in the calculated grades system.

Mr Martin told the Dáil that the minister will make a "comprehensive" statement on the matter, covering what occurred and the measures taken to rectify the issues.

"Above all, to ensure that we can ease as much anxiety as we can in relation to this, students themselves," Mr Martin added.

"Our objective has to be the students and how they receive this information."

In what potentially could be a “bombshell for thousands of students”, it is essential there is accountability with the process.

That’s according to Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour’s education spokesman, who said what has now emerged will cause “huge concern” for students.

“I appreciate students have to be informed, but we also need political transparency and a full explanation.” 

“The confirmation by the Taoiseach that two errors have been found in the calculated grades process is a bombshell for thousands of students. It appears this will result in the upgrading of students.”

 The errors could have a “profound” impact on the points awarded to students and their qualification for college places, he added.

“We need clarity from the Minister on how this will be handled.”

Mr Martin told the Dail that the minister will make a "comprehensive" statement on the matter, covering what occurred and the measures taken to rectify the issues.

"Above all, to ensure that we can ease as much anxiety as we can in relation to these students themselves," Mr Martin added.

"Our objective has to be the students and how they receive this information."

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