The head of the Central Applications Office (CAO) said it was “not inevitable” that college course points would increase after record results in this year’s Leaving Cert.
Pól Ó Dochartaigh said today that the “difficult reality” is that some students will not secure their first choice as the points required for a “significant percentage” of undergraduate courses will increase.
“Points have gone up and so has demand for places,” Dochartaigh said on RTÉ’s This Week radio show.
When everything balances out, I think it’s likely, as it was a year ago, that points, not for all courses, but for a large percentage of courses will go up. This is inevitable.
The percentage of higher grades awarded to candidates in this year’s drop-out certificate has increased significantly compared to last year, which in turn was higher than in 2019.
Scores are up an average of 2.4% compared to 2020. However, the increase is greater for many higher-level subjects. The number of students with H1 grades in some popular subjects increased by more than 7%.
Ó Dochartaigh noted that the increases left students who completed their drop-off certificate in 2019 but deferred enrollment in tertiary education “very significantly.”
“Any student who has been deferred for a year or, for whatever reason, has had to sit out for a year, has now not attained an equal level.
I think we have to find some way to actually reevaluate that, to give these students, who worked hard before 2020, a way to get into university.
“We’ve tried to do our best with this year’s students and past years’ Covid students, but I think we’ve been basically unfair to students before 2020 as a result,” Dochartaigh added.
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