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Parents or students who seek to influence a Leaving Cert grade awarded by teachers will be reported to the Department of Education

Parents or students who seek to influence a Leaving Cert grade awarded by teachers will be reported to the Department of Education

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Education Minster Joe McHugh. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Education Minster Joe McHugh. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

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Parents or students who seek to influence a Leaving Cert grade awarded by teachers will be reported to the Department of Education

Parents or students who seek to influence a Leaving Cert grade awarded by teachers will be reported to the Department of Education.

The move comes amid evidence of pupils who were quick off the mark to send messages of appreciation to teachers, which could be interpreted as seeking favourable treatment, after it was announced that grades calculated by teachers would replace traditional exams.

Many schools have already sought to head off the problem by advising teachers that tuition finished last Friday and not to have any more than necessary contact with their Leaving Cert pupils or parents.