ISSU & USI Issue Joint Letter to Education Ministers regarding Leaving Cert Results & Higher Education Places


The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have issued a joint letter to Ministers Norma Foley and Simon Harris regarding the potential implications of the calculated grades errors on Leaving Certificate results and higher education places. Included in the letter is the request for an immediate meeting with both Ministers, to tackle the issue proactively and fairly. The letter is signed off by ISSU and USI Presidents Reuban Murray and Lorna Fitzpatrick, respectively.  

The joint letter quotes the following “We write jointly as national presidents of ISSU representing second-level students and USI, representing third level students, to request an urgent meeting with you both to discuss recent emergencies arising from the errors in Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades. You will be acutely aware that the apparent reported failures in the system for grading have caused significant anxiety within the student population. This has caused serious concerns to emerge on availability of classes for students moving on to higher education. We recognise that the COVID-19 emergency has inevitably caused deviations from the normal course for examinations, but we are concerned that the confidence expressed by you and others in the selected contingency system has been misplaced”.

Sarah Brooks

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