| 18°C Dublin

Close

Premium


Points race only fair if all get an equal chance

Katherine Donnelly



Close

(Stock picture)

(Stock picture)

(Stock picture)

The CAO points system for college entry is generally characterised as being blunt but fair.

At its most blunt, it will separate students by a meagre one point out of a potential 625 and the thud is often felt by high achievers who, despite their ability and hard work, miss out on a place in their college course of choice.

Its fairness has often come into question. While lauded for the transparency it offers as a selection mechanism for college entry - with points linked to the grades anonymously awarded in the Leaving Cert - some students are better placed to notch up those scores.