TWO Cork secondary school principals have said the enhanced Leaving Certificate results have not impacted the affected students in their schools, as they were already following their chosen trajectory with their previous results.
Fergus McCarthy from Kinsale Community School said he has 16 students affected by the increased grades due to mistakes in the algorithm data that created the collated results.
Mr McCarthy said all were being supported by the school’s guidance counsellor and that every one of the students was already happy with their course or career choice without needing the increased points they received on Friday.
Aaron Wolfe the acting principal of Coláiste Éamann Rís secondary school, said he had two students who received increased grades and both were already in courses they were happy with.
Mr McCarthy said he was very happy with the way things had gone on Friday and said it was obviously great for these students to get increased points, but even better that they did not need to use them.
“I understand from speaking with the Guidance Counsellor that they have all gotten the course they wished for and are quite contented. Things may change depending on the courses that are made available but for the moment, all are happy.
Speaking about the grading system, Mr McCarthy said in his school the teachers had met with all fifth-year students entering the Leaving Certificate cycle and spoke to them about what they wanted to get out in terms of points and career options making them very aware of what they needed to do over the two years.
The principal of the Kinsale Secondary School said this meant there were few surprises for his students in terms of how they were assessed as they were dealing with a number of assessments over the two year period that made it very easy to put together a calculated grade.
“These are not predicted grades, they were calculated based on stringent assessments over the two years. This was a very scientific process with few surprises.”