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No certainty for those who missed college offer due to data gap


Stock image. Photo: PA

Stock image. Photo: PA

Stock image. Photo: PA

Leaving Cert candidates who missed out on a college offer because they had not provided all their details to the CAO have until Monday to update their information – but there is no guarantee of getting the college place this year.

The deadline for the updated data is 11am on Monday, allowing the students to be considered for an offer in CAO Round 2, to be released the following Monday, September 20.

According to the CAO, “where possible, higher education institutions will do their best to accommodate applicants who would have received an offer if they had entered their examination data correctly”.

The CAO advises applicants to log in to their account at different stages to verify that all of their information has been recorded completely and correctly. Before the end of May, applicants should have received a Statement of Application record and, at that point, if anything was incorrect or omitted, they were advised to contact the CAO.

But every year, there are applicants who miss an offer because of a gap in data supplied. This year, there is anecdotal evidence that the incidence is higher. A CAO spokesperson said it was “not possible to say at this point” how many might be affected.

Meanwhile, students who want to appeal a Leaving Cert result, whether an accredited grade or from the exams, have until Monday to submit their application for a recheck.

Applications are being accepted from 9am today until 12 noon on Monday.

Candidates who sat exams and who applied to view their scripts ahead of a possible appeal, can do so today or tomorrow.

The National Parents’ Council Post Primary (NPCPP) Leaving Cert helpline has been extended and is open today from 10am to 2pm. It will also open on Monday, from 10am to 2pm.

It is sponsored by the Department of Education and the Irish Independent.

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