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# Education
Round 2: over 3,000 applicants receive new offers for college
1,185 applicants have received their first offer from CAO.
Column: The Leaving Cert ‘points race’ is bad – but it’s better than alternatives
‘Radical’ new proposals for interviews are really a return to the past, writes Joanna Tuffy TD. Instead, we need a much wider debate on third level education.
# Points Race
Trinity scheme to offer college places to students below CAO minimum
A pilot programme – intended to begin with Law in 2014 – will see some places reserved for students measured on alternative grounds.
# Your Say
Poll: Should more than just points be considered for entry to college courses?
A new scheme at TCD means students will need personal statements and references from teachers to get into college. Good idea?
Over 21,000 CAO offers accepted online today
That’s 639 more acceptances than at the end of the first day of CAO offers in 2011.
# Points Race
Maths and IT courses see biggest surge in CAO points race
Mathematics and Physics at the University of Limerick saw the highest points surge – up by a whopping 145 points.
CAO offers: the main points
STEM is the new acronym of the day, standing for the popular-again subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Pics: Frustrated students take to Twitter as problems hit CAO website
One user wrote: “I’ve just had my parents in sitting on my bed as I was rejected by a website. CAO, you’re destroying my family.” Users are being urged to refresh the site if encountering problems.
# Leaving Cert
Do you use what you learn in school... after you leave school?
The Leaving Cert results have been occupying the minds of over 55,000 students today – team reflects on how much of the senior cycle curriculum we go on to use in real life…
# Leaving Cert
Which Leaving Cert subjects produce the most A grades?
Some subjects produced proportionally more top grades – while others had higher failure rates than most.
# Points Race
Almost 11,000 Leaving Cert students to benefit from bonus Maths points
The college points race begins in earnest on Monday – but already the bonus points project seems to be working.
# Congratulations
'You deserve to celebrate your achievements' - Minister congratulates LC students
Leaving Cert results are being issued to over 55,800 students around Ireland today.
# Leaving Cert
Fewer students to sit this year's Leaving Cert
Over 50,000 students, 13 days, 3.1 million exam papers, 105 subjects. Shudder.
# Going to College
Surge in tuition fees sees major spike in UK CAO applicants
Rising tuition fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have seen hundreds more students apply to come to colleges here.
# Points Race
Report expected to make the case for capping places in college
Ruairí Quinn is set to receive a report outlining the need for student numbers to be capped in order to avoid the return of fees.
# The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
The battle for Tripoli rages on, the bishop of Cloyne breaks his silence, Ireland’s latest viral sensation and… can we turn light bulbs into wifi routers?
# In Numbers
In numbers: how Ireland's students fared in Leaving Cert 2011
Which subjects had the best pass rates? Which had the fewest taking higher level? We’ve crunched the numbers to find out.
# Leaving Cert
Nearly 58,000 students discover their Leaving Certificate results
Anxious moments for students across the country as they find out if they’ve got the points they need…
# Leaving Cert
High points: Science could be next to offer a bonus to Leaving Cert students
The education minister has said that offering extra Leaving Cert points to students who sit Science subjects is a possibility.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Catch up on the day’s news, including: Zuma arrives in Libya for mediation; Prison Inspector criticises investigations into prisoner deaths; and what really happens when you don’t pay your TV licence…
# Education
Education minister says the CAO system needs to change
Ruairi Quinn says that radical new approaches and more complex entry routes to third level education are needed. He says it is a priority for his department.
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
In today’s Fix: dog ownership could be outlawed in Iran; more drivers caught speeding; and Ukraine promised €550m to build Chernobyl reactor containment shell.
# review2010
2010 in review: August
Authorities approve a mosque near Ground Zero, a Chilean mine collapses, and a Coventry woman puts a cat in a wheelie bin.
CAO reopens 'My Application' section of website
# Points Race
CAO website back fully online
# Points Race
What's a DDoS 'cyber attack' anyway?
The CAO website is down after a malicious attack. What’s going on?
# Breaking News
CAO site under attack
Third-level application site goes down due to “malicious attacks”.