Over 1,400 students get Leaving Cert results upgrade following appeal

Over 1,400 students get Leaving Cert results upgrade following appeal

OVER 5,000 Irish students have appealed their Leaving Certificate results this year.

Of the 5,000 or so that issued an appeal, over 1,400 have been granted an upgrade.

Just five students had their results downgraded following their appeal.

The State Examinations Commission said that appeal results have been transmitted to the Central Applications Office and will be available to all candidates online at noon today.

Around 57,000 students received their Leaving Cert results in August, and in September almost 5,200 made applications for appeals against 9,087 grades.

The process set out by The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is now complete and has led to almost 1,500 upgraded marks.

Most of the upgrades came in Biology while Maths, English and Chemistry also underwent results changes.

A spokesperson for the State Examinations Commission said: “Each year, the SEC uses the appeals process as a further quality assurance check on its processes underpinning the provisional results in August.

“In light of the recent High Court judgement in the case taken by Ms Rebecca Carter, the Board of the SEC are considering the broader issues raised very carefully. The SEC has commenced working and collaborating with the Department of Education and Skills and representatives of the higher education sector as a matter of urgency in reviewing and identifying how the examination results timelines, the offer of places and the commencement of the third level academic year interacts more effectively with each other in the interests of students.”

Student Rebecca Carter was successful in having her results rechecked in time to secure a place on her chosen college course, after the Court ruled the system of rechecking of exams was 'highly unfair.'

The updated results will be available to students here from midday today.