Estimated School grades must also be published on 7th September

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD
19 August 2020
  • process for Awarding grades for homeschooled and self-taught students also now needed

With the estimated grades provided by schools before profiling not to be provided until a week after their official calculated results are published, Labour Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said this is unacceptable and both must be provided on 7th September.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“Students are due to get their official calculated grades on 7th September but it has been revealed today by the Irish Times that students won’t find out their estimates grades as provided by their school until a week later on the 14th.

“That is simply unacceptable. CAO offers will be made on 11th but students won’t find out about any disparities between their grades as originally awarded and then after school profiling is applied until it’s too late. The deadline for accepting their CAO offer is two days after the release of their information on the 16th.

“Third level institutions will have already offered places based on grades calculated after school profiling so if a student then becomes aware of a problem later on the Higher Education Institutions will be unable to withdraw or change CAO offers as courses will quickly fill up.

“The Labour Party is demanding that the Minister and her Department provide the official grades and the school grades at the same time. This is vital to give students certainty.

“We are against school profiling that will be used in the standardisation process bit of the Department insists on proceeding with that model and after the mess that has happened across the UK over predictive grading, students in Ireland need to be given all their information on the 7th.

“The result of the Burke case in the High Court means the Department must now urgently address students who have been excluded from the predicted grading model, not just home schooled pupils but also those who self taught such as Finn Robertson.”

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