Editor's Comments: Further tweaks to CAO system

The Leaving Cert is something of a national obsession in Ireland and the publication of results each August is when that obsession reaches fever pitch.

1st September, 2012
While the college application system undoubtedly needs some reform, it remains a blunt instrument when it comes to encouraging career choices.

The Leaving Cert is something of a national obsession in Ireland and the publication of results each August is usually when that obsession reaches fever pitch.

This year's results generated even more coverage than usual and the big story was the surge in the number of points required for most courses. Many students who thought their chosen courses were well within reach were left disappointed.

One of the main factors behind this is understood to...

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