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Teachers begin grading for Leaving Cert as union resolves legal stand-off

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Kieran Christie. Pic: Tom Burke

Kieran Christie. Pic: Tom Burke

Kieran Christie. Pic: Tom Burke

Leaving Cert history is being made as work gets under way on a process of calculating grades for 61,000 candidates in place of the traditional summer written exams.

A last-minute skirmish over the strength of a State-backed indemnity to protect teachers in the event of a legal challenge by a disgruntled student was sorted yesterday, clearing the way for all-round engagement.

Instead of final preparations for State exams in early June or continuing their studies in anticipation of a delayed start in late July/August, all candidates have to do now to be awarded Leaving Cert grades is register with an online system, opening next Tuesday.