Leaving Cert results and CAO offers delayed until September

Leaving Cert results and CAO offers will not be released until early September, at least three weeks later than usual due to disruptions to the education system caused by Covid-19.

Many Leaving Cert students expected to receive their results in mid-August, which is the usual time frame for results.

However, the Minister for Education, Norma Foley announced that calculated grades will now be released on September 7 and the first round of CAO offers on September 11.

Foley reassured students that the delay will not have a negative impact on their CAO choices.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland she said that the appeals process will be tuned around “as quickly as possible so that students will be in a position to maximise the potential to take up another offer should that be the case.”

Over 60,000 students are awaiting their results under the calculated grading process that replaced the traditional written exams this year.

The Department of Education said that all students will be given the option of taking the Leaving Cert exam later in the year if they wish to do so.

Many third level colleges are planning for later re-opening dates, however it is likely these dates may be pushed back further than first anticipated.

While there is no set date as to when colleges are reopening, provisional dates for first year orientation usually take place between September 14 and September 21.

DCU had previously told students that incoming first years would be attending orientation starting on September 21, however there has been no further update following the Department of Educations announcement.

The new academic year will be very different for students with lectures expected to mainly be delivered online due to social distancing requirements that may not be attainable on campus.

University of Limerick announced this month that students will be allowed on campus for just one week each month, while almost all lectures will be held online.

The Minster for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said that he is working closely with further education sectors and public health experts to seek a safe re-opening plan for colleges. A plan is expected to be published by the end of the month.

Shauna Ledwidge

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