Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

State Examinations

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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231. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the leaving certificate. [6137/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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243. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position for a mature student studying Irish regarding grading for a leaving certificate subject; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6215/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 243 together.

Where a student is studying a subject such as Irish outside of a recognised school, the Department will be flexible in accepting estimated marks and rankings from other schools or colleges, and will look at this issue on a case-by-case basis. In general, I can say that, provided an estimated mark and ranking from a teacher can be generated in a way that is fair to all candidates, my Department will seek to provide a calculated grade. Students will be able to use this calculated grade in the same way as a Leaving Certificate grade to satisfy minimum entry requirements.

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