Anger In Clare Over Leaving Cert Debacle

The Education Minister will face questions from TDs in the Dail later over the calculated grades for the Leaving Cert.

Around 6,500 students have been affected by the error in the algorithm, with those downgraded to have their original mark reinstated.


Calls have made in Clare to ensure that further issues don’t arise.

Clare’s Leaving Cert students are facing a waiting game to see how they’ll be impacted by mistakes in the Leaving Cert system.

Two errors in the algorithm resulted in approximately 6,500 students across the country receiving the wrong results.

The Education Minister says it will be a number of days until the students who’ve been impacted by these errors are informed.

Meanwhile, the deadline for applying to sit and exam in November has been extended – applications were due to be in before tomorrow.

Minister Norma Foley says everything will be done to ensure all students get the college offers they should have got initially.

Minister Foley will face questions from TDs in the Dail tonight.

Clare’s Sinn Fein TD Violet-Anne Wynne says the government must be clear about its plans to deal with the students concerned.

Clare’s Independent TD is expressing concerns that the issue may continue to ‘run and run’.

Michael McNamara, who has called the current situation a “mess”, believes further problems may yet arise.

An Ennis Principal believes that students and teachers have to trust in the Education Department to rectify the situation.

Brian O’Donoghue of Ennis Community College and Gaelcholaiste an Chlair says the focus shouldn’t necessarily be on getting it done quickly, but on getting it fixed once and for all.