Thousands of students across Cork are receiving their Leaving Cert results this morning in a very different fashion.
In previous years, Leaving Cert students would have attended school to receive their results, two months after taking part in their exams.
However, in a world of Covid-19, students received their grades online from 9am, after their teachers predicted their results.
Some 60,000 students across Ireland are receiving their results this morning and by the end of the week will have received their CAO offers.
The calculated grades model was introduced by the government over the summer after its initial plans to hold traditional Leaving Cert exams in July were cancelled.
The scheme caused controversy in the United Kingdom in recent weeks, after it was revealed the past performance of a students’ school impacted their own results.
Minister for Education, Norma Foley, recently revealed that this would not be the case here in Ireland, in a move that was welcomed by teachers, students and unions.
Speaking to The Echo recently, Alicia O’Sullivan, a Leaving Cert student in Cork and education officer for the Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU), said:
“We welcome the removal of the school profiling from the calculation of the grades for the Leaving Cert class of 2020.
“We think it is the right decision given what we’ve seen in other jurisdictions.
“We have also always advocated that where you go to school should never be a determining factor in your grades so we are extremely happy to see this,” she added.