A High Court judge has overturned the Minister for Education’s refusal to consider a home-schooled Leaving Certificate student for calculated grades on the basis that none of those involved in her schooling were registered teachers. Mr Justice Charles Meenan held that the refusal was “irrational, arbitrary, unfair and unlawful”.
Three further cases will be heard by Mr Justice Charles Meenan in late October.
In one of the cases the student claims that the Minister for Education’s “interference” last August with the work of the Independent Steering Committee on Calculated Grades, directing it not to rely on previous school data or schools historic records in the standardisation process, led to him being unfairly downgraded by 55 points in his Leaving Certificate this year.
The second case is brought by the Board of Management of St Kilian’s German school in Dublin and eight of its students, who claim the standardisation model led to an “extraordinary” downgrading of results in German and other subjects.
In the third action the student claims that the standardisation process meant she unfairly missed out on a place in Medicine by two points.
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