Almost 3,400 students in NW to get Leaving Cert results this morning

Almost 3400 Leaving Cert students in the North West will find out their Leaving Cert results this morning.

It’s the first year of a new grading system which aims to move away from the old system of rote learning and include more continuous assessment.

This year in the North West, 2171 Donegal pupils, 748 pupils in Sligo and 466 in county Leitrim sat the exams with over a hundred more sitting the Leaving Cert Applied.

The new system reduces the number of grades from 14 in the old system to 8 under the revised arrangements.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, student Affairs Manager with IT Sligo, Gerry Hegarty says it aims to try to ease the pressure on students around exam time.

But he’s urging students to bear in mind that comparing the points requirements to last year’s will not be accurate:

A helpline facility will be operating today to provide information and advice to students and parents at results time.

The helpline number operated by the National Parents’ Council (Post-Primary) is: 1800 265 165