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CAO told to give entry points ahead of results

Posted by Francis O' Toole on May 1, 2015

Father Paul Connell believes the five-day wait between the release of results and the publication of points compounds student stressOPEN GALLERY 1
Father Paul Connell believes the five-day wait between the release of results and the publication of points compounds student stress

Leaving Certificate students should know the CAO points required for entry to college courses before they get their results, according to secondary school principals and managers.The five-day wait between the release of the results and the publication of points compounds student stress, Fr Paul Connell, president of the Joint Managerial Body (JMB) said.

“The present arrangements are very unfair to students and lead to unnecessary further stress on top of the results themselves. Why can’t our students have the up-to-date points list to hand on the day they receive their results?” he said.

If necessary, the results could be delayed by a few days to allow for work to be completed on the CAO process, Fr Connell told over 400 delegates at the JMB annual conference.

The call from JMB, which represents more than half of second-level schools – generally those traditionally run by the religious – comes amid wider moves to reform the Leaving Cert grading and CAO points systems to ease student strain.

Traditionally, the results are issued on a Wednesday in August and the CAO minimum points and college offers are released the following Monday.

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