A FORMER Cork Leaving Cert student, who received her results in September, has said she was shocked and disappointed by the news that errors have been discovered with the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades process.
Alicia O’Sullivan, Education Officer for the Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU) and former Leaving Cert student at Skibbereen Community School said that in her view how the Leaving Cert situation was handled from the outset has been a “mess”.
Alicia said the ISSU was blindsided by the news of the errors.
“From ISSU’s perspective, it’s obviously very disappointing and it’s very unexpected [the news of the errors]."
“We had no idea that this was coming. We found out through one of the articles that was published online earlier today and obviously it shocked all of us.
“There’s been a disregard for student's voice I think in a lot of elements.
“Our President was in the advisory group for the Leaving Cert situation that they set up in the Department, but when it comes to things like this again it’s all done behind closed doors and we find out just like everyone else which is disappointing,” she said.
The exact number of students impacted by the errors is not yet known but it is likely to be in the region of 6,500.
At a press briefing yesterday afternoon, Education Minister Norma Foley said that no student will have their grades lowered as a result of the errors.
Alicia, who received her first preference of Law at UCC said she feels fortunate to have a place in her “dream course” but says clear communication is needed for the students affected by the errors.
“Going forward, we would just want clear communication about this whole thing,” she said.