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HEA statement on the updated Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process

Maura O'Shea

By Maura O'Shea

Posted: 2 October, 2020

The Department of Education and Skills issued a statement yesterday regarding the Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process noting that incorrect grades were issued to some students when they received their results on 7 September last. 

The Department of Education and Skills has stated that: 

  • The errors are being rectified and the process is being re-checked with a series of independent checks now underway. 
  • Some students will be receiving a higher Calculated Grade in one or more subjects than the grades they received on 7 September. 
  • The precise number of students who will receive higher grades will not be available until the process is completed. 
  • No student will receive a reduced grade in any subject as a result of this process.  
  • The Department will contact students who will be receiving the improved grades as soon as all the checks are completed. 

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Skills has stated that it will work with the CAO and the Higher Education Institutions to determine how those students who receive upgraded results can be facilitated to commence the course that they would, otherwise have been offered in an earlier CAO round. 

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is committed to working proactively with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris T.D. and his Department, Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) and the sectoral representative bodies (IUA, THEA) to look for solutions that will facilitate the maximum numbers of students to progress into and through higher education, once the Department of Education and Skills recheck process is complete. 


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