Student's appeal triggers exams timetable reboot
The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year.
A major overhaul of the timetable arises from the High Court case involving Co Wexford student Rebecca Carter, and follows intensive discussions between the Department of Education, the State Examinations Commission and third-level college representatives.
A shorter appeals process will allow students to know the outcomes between September 18-20, rather than October 10.
The shake-up is more extensive than that and will see the earlier release of Leaving Cert results and CAO offers.
Next year, results will issue on Tuesday, August 13, a day earlier than usual, while CAO Round 1 offers will follow on Friday, August 16, three days earlier than normal.
Higher education institutions have agreed that first-year classes will not start earlier than the second week of September. The planned switch to an online marking system over the next three years could further improve the appeals timeframe.