Analysis: Making the grade? You couldn’t make it up

Thanks to one coding slip-up on the Leaving Cert algorithm, students across the country are once again knocked off course

A student who has just moved from Donegal to Cork could now receive a text message informing them of a corrected grade that entitles them to a place on a higher preference choice

How times change. When I was a teenager, having two sets of Leaving Certificate results carried a certain social embarrassment, as it usually indicated that you had repeated sixth year and sat the state exam for a second time. In 2020, having two sets of results indicates that you haven’t sat the exam at all.

For the beleaguered Leaving Cert class of 2020, nothing is straightforward, as they start college courses while simultaneously attempting to ...