The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that the Department of Education has found two errors in the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system.
“It will result in upgrades for quite a number of students,” Micheál Martin said, and that the government hopes to “ease as much anxiety as we can in relation to the students themselves.”
“Our objective has to be the students and how they receive this information,” explaining that it was “their grades and their results.”
The Minister for Education Norma Foley is to make a “comprehensive statement” on the matter at 4pm according to An Taoiseach.
Responding to a question from Labour Leader Alan Kelly about why the Department of Education has allegedly “gone to ground” over grading appeals, Micheál Martin made the admission about the two newly discovered errors and said the priority was to first inform students who may have grades changed as a result of the errors.
The Fianna Fail leader said it the errors were a result of technical issues linked to coding, but that a full investigation into the process of calculated grades would be opened.
He said it was “not to audit the department but to audit the process”
It is expected that a helpline will be opened for students who are impacted by the mistakes.
RTÉ News is reporting that the finding could affect around 10% of this year’s 61,000 Leaving Certificate students.