Wednesday October 21, 2020

Comment: Calculated grades algorithm is this year’s e-voting machines

Students in 2021 will have to mask up and sit the Leaving Certificate exams to avoid a repeat of this fiasco

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

1st October, 2020
With the written exams cancelled this year, Norma Foley, the Minister for Education, has attributed two major errors in Leaving Certificate results to coding errors. Picture: Leah Farrell/

It was a good time for Leo Varadkar to be self-isolating.

Normally, he would be the one having to explain at leaders’ questions on a Thursday how the Leaving Cert calculated grades system led to at least 6,500 students getting lower points than they should have.

But since last week, the Tánaiste has been self-isolating at his home as a precaution after getting a negative Covid-19 test.

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