Friday 24 May 2019

Candidates will be able to get copies of scripts

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Many school-leavers will have said good riddance to the Leaving Cert last week, but nostalgic types are in for a treat.

Candidates will be entitled to request a copy of their Leaving Cert exam scripts back from the State Examination Commission (SEC).

It arises from a landmark European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling last year, in a case referred by the Irish Supreme Court involving trainee accountant Peter Nowak.

The ECJ upheld Mr Nowak's contention that candidates' exam scripts constitute personal data.

Unlike in Mr Nowak's case, the facility to view scripts has been available to Leaving Cert candidates for 20 years.

But before now, the SEC made no provision for the return of exam scripts to interested candidates. The SEC would have held on to the scripts for a period of time and then destroyed them.

With the new entitlement, Leaving Cert candidates will be able to request scripts and can expect to receive copies within 90 days of the results, or later if they go through the appeal process.

As part of the new arrangements, exam chiefs are also relaxing the strict rules around the viewing of scripts, which takes place on August 31-Septmber 1 for those who request it.

Candidates may bring a mobile phone, tablet or digital camera to get images of their scripts. Previously, recording devices were not allowed.

Irish Independent

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