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Points race does not always deliver the best results for our students

Published 18/08/2015 | 02:30

High points are not the only barometer of future success in a rigorous third-level course
High points are not the only barometer of future success in a rigorous third-level course

There are students from the class of 2015 out there who achieved 570, 580 or 590 points in the Leaving Certificate, and they are hugely disappointed with their CAO offer, or lack of it.

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There is something wrong with a system that allows a student who delivered just about everything the Leaving Certificate examiners wanted, except perhaps a couple of part (c) answers across the entire spread of the June exams, to feel a failure. Why? Because, even though they are almost touching the tape of CAO 600 points maximum, they were five or 10 points short of what they need for their particular dream course.

The points race may not be quite the only show in town in terms of post-school progression but it is the main event. It is how most students measure themselves, and how the system measures them too.

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