Wait for Leaving Cert results is over

Local students joined the thousands around the country in collecting their Leaving Certificate Results on Tuesday morning.
Following all the hard work over the last number of years and the stress of the exams, the students finally got to see the result of their efforts when the marks were revealed.
Once again it was a mix of joy and relief for most of those who gathered at the schools in the regions to collect their brown envelopes. As always there was some disappointment and form others it was a case of waiting for the CAO offers to see find out what their next step is.
This year the wait for college offers has been shortened due to the High Court action taken by on student who successfully argued that the previous appeals process was unfair to students.
The High court found, that it was unfair to Rebecca Carter to miss out on a place in third level education because of the time taken to recheck her business paper which had been incorrectly tallied up.
The decision made last September, meant that Rebecca could secure her course and attend university as planned.
The changes implemented this year are a direct result of last year’s high court action, which will speed up the process and allow enough time for paper rechecks and corrections so that students don’t miss out on their third level places.
This year’s results were published one day earlier than previous years and the new process means that those who have applied for third-level courses through the CAO will receive offers tomorrow (Thursday), four days earlier than previous years.
The results of rechecks will be sent to students in mid September, which is three weeks earlier than was previously the case.
There was an increase of three percent of people sitting the Leaving Cert exam this year, bringing the total to almost 59,000.

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