Monday 16 July 2018

Dispute leaves students waiting for exam results

Conor Kane

THOUSANDS of third-level students due to get exam results today are facing delays because of a dispute between their college and lecturers over payments.

Lecturers who corrected the exam papers submitted by Waterford Institute of (WIT) students are withholding the results because they say the college has slashed the fees for doing the corrections.

It's uncertain when the students will know how they fared, with over 84pc of lecturers voting to continue withholding results.

According to the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI), WIT cut the payments for marking exams by about 50pc -- down from €8.13 per script.

"We filed a grievance," TUI representative Kathleen Moore-Walsh told the Irish Independent. "WIT refused to honour the grievance procedure."

The exams have been marked but those marks will not be given to the students until the dispute is resolved.

"It doesn't stop any student progressing to the next semester," Ms Moore-Walsh said.

WIT said: "The institute is hopeful that the issues will be resolved with minimal impact on students."

Irish Independent

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