Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Admissions

Photo of Mick BarryMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity)
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336. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the CAO will allow flexibility for students that may have missed the 1 May 2020 deadline in view of the situation in which sixth year students have not been in schools with direct contact with career guidance teachers; if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6608/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are governed by the Universities Act 1997, the Institutes of Technologies Acts 1992 to 2006 and the Technological Universities Act 2018. Within the meaning of these Acts, higher education institutions are autonomous with regard to management of their academic affairs including admissions procedures. The CAO process applications for undergraduate, and some postgraduate, courses on behalf of the HEIs.  Decisions on admissions are made by the HEIs who then instruct the CAO to make offers to successful candidates.

As such, neither I nor my Department has any role in relation to the operation of the CAO. Queries on these processes should be sent directly to the CAO, contact details for which can be found on their website www.cao.ie


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