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# Leaving Certificate

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Leaving Cert students urged not to get completely wasted on results night
Results for 53,749 students will be available from tomorrow morning.
Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"
The minister had ordered that the SEC take the errors into account when marking the exam. Results are due out on Wednesday.
Quinn demands investigation into Leaving Cert Maths mistakes
The minister says the SEC has two jobs now: to ensure no student suffers as a result of the error, and to stop it recurring.
Explainer: Here's the problem with the Leaving Cert honours maths paper
Warning: the following article contains trigonometry.
Marking of Leaving Cert Maths papers 'will reflect time lost by students'
Science minister Sean Sherlock believes the State Examinations Commission will ensure no student loses out over the error.
Errors discovered in Leaving Cert Maths and Junior Cert CSPE papers
The English version of a Maths question mistakenly inserted an extra number – which meant two answers are possible.
Yes, Sylvia Plath did come up on English paper II
State exams in numbers: 13 days, 6,000 examiners and 38 million A4 pages
Some 3.1 million exam papers are sitting in boxes across the country right now.
Open thread: What did you miss during your Junior/Leaving Cert?
We really hate it when sport and state exams clash.
13 Leaving Cert memories that you can never leave behind
No matter how hard you try to forget.
Column: The countdown to Project Maths is on – what should you expect?
This week the State exams begin and Leaving and Junior Certificate students are getting ready to tackle Project Maths. John Devlin has some tips for those worried about the new syllabus.
Column: Ireland’s educational system is the most unjust structure in our society today
The fundamental role the educational system plays today is determining a young person’s future life choices, so if there is to be equal opportunity, then we need to tackle equal access for all, writes Fr Peter McVerry.
Highest number of students ever completing second level education
The number of young men staying on at second level has also risen significantly in the last 11 years.
Column: Times have changed and so should the Junior Cert
In the wake of the Junior Certificate results, Deputy Principal Noirin Walsh says that the examination is no longer in tune with the demand of today’s students.
Column: Why the Leaving Cert as we know it is redundant, by a headmaster
There are better assessment systems out there internationally, writes headmaster Arthur Godsil. So why aren’t we using them?
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.
Universities propose radical overhaul of Leaving Cert points system
A submission to Ruairí Quinn sees Ireland’s seven universities outline issues with the Leaving Cert – and how to change it.
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…
Which Leaving Cert subjects produce the most A grades?
Some subjects produced proportionally more top grades – while others had higher failure rates than most.
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.
Poll: Do you think Leaving Certificate results are important?
Almost 56,000 students will be getting their results today – but do Leaving Cert results affect your future?
'You deserve to celebrate your achievements' - Minister congratulates LC students
Leaving Cert results are being issued to over 55,800 students around Ireland today.
2012 Leaving Cert results 'broadly similar to previous years'
More students took higher level Maths this year, looking to nab some bonus points which will drive up college requirements.
Sausage rolls and Samuel L Jackson: Leaving Cert result nerves kick in
Feeling the nerves about tomorrow’s Leaving Cert results? Don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Need advice on your Leaving Cert results?
Guidance counsellors will be manning the 2012 Exam Helpline to provide information for students, parents and teachers.
Over half of maths teachers believe Project Maths will not improve results
The Teacher’s Union of Ireland said the programme should be further rolled out and tested before a real judgement can be made.
Exams body warns students against hoax 'leaks' after History paper surfaces online
A version of tomorrow’s Leaving Cert honours History paper has appeared online – but the SEC says it’s not the real deal.
Secondary school students call for increased security after Leaving Cert breach
CDs for the Leaving Cert Irish exam were inadvertently played at some Junior Cert exam papers yesterday. The Department of Education says an investigation is underway.
Minister to consider letting 'crisis' students sit exams later
The issue of allowing Leaving Cert students to take an exam after missing it due to a ‘crisis’, rather than having to re-do their year of study, is to be considered by the Minister of State for Education.
Over to you: what advice do you have for people doing the Leaving Cert?
The first day of exams is officially over. Got any suggestions for how students can relax and get through the rest of them?
The Daily Fix: Friday
Your essential evening round-up of the day’s biggest news, plus the bits and pieces you may have missed.
64% of secondary schools considering dropping subjects from Leaving Cert 2012
Subjects like accounting, chemistry, physics and economics are the subjects most likely to be dropped, according to a new study commissioned.
Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum
Education minister Ruairí Quinn says the budgetary situation means we can’t expand the languages taught in second level.
Fancy some free Leaving Cert notes?
A notice posted on is offering free notes for several Leaving Cert subjects.
Exam board to address Leaving Cert 'predictability'
A report published by the Department of Education today was critical of “rote learning” and highlighted the common practice of memorising pre-packaged answers.
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.