From Russia, with grades - Cork principal contacts tutor in Russia to ensure student received predicted grade

From Russia, with grades - Cork principal contacts tutor in Russia to ensure student received predicted grade

Coláiste Éamann Rís Principal Aaron Wolfe and Coláiste Éamann Rís Deputy Principal, Kevin Barry, with student who received their results on Monday.

A Cork principal went above and beyond for his student to ensure he got a predicted grade from his Russian tutor.

A student at Coláiste Éamann Rís studied Russian as his language for the Leaving Cert but, with state exams cancelled as a result of Covid-19, students were given teacher-predicted grades.

Principals were informed in recent months that, where a student had a tutor for a subject being taught outside school, they were to contact the tutor and get a predicted grade.

Aaron Wolfe, principal of Coláiste Éamann Rís, whipped out Google Translate and got to work.

 School principal Aaron Wolfe sitting in one of his class rooms with social distance measures in place to welcome back his students to Coláiste Éamann Rís, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
School principal Aaron Wolfe sitting in one of his class rooms with social distance measures in place to welcome back his students to Coláiste Éamann Rís, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Speaking to The Echo, Mr Wolfe explained:

“We have a student here whose tutor was actually in Russia.

“I had to get in touch with the tutor in Russia to get a grade for the student.

“So I contacted the tutor but they didn’t speak English so we had to have the whole conversation through Google Translate,” he laughed.

“That student got their Russian result on Monday.” Mr Wolfe explained that he thinks school principals across Ireland were facing similar situations in recent months.

“Principals did go above and beyond to ensure that students in this situation got their grades,” he said.

“We were instructed that when there was a tutor in place, we would have to pursue a grade.

“We were told we had to talk to the tutor and go through a checklist with them to ensure the student was getting the correct grade,” he added.

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