Overhaul of flawed Leaving Cert appeals process would leave to huge savings – Michael Moynihan

Published on: 14 March 2019

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan has called on the Education Minister to outline whether reforms of the Leaving Cert appeals process are being examined.

He highlighted the situation once again, after information released to him revealed that the cost of last year’s high profile case cost the State almost €70,000.

Deputy Moynihan explained, “The current appeals process is not only cumbersome, frustrating and stressful for the student having to go undertake a case, it is also extremely costly for the State.  I recently asked the Education Minister to outline the costs relating to a high profile case last year and was shocked to learn that €69,265.44 was paid out to cover legal costs for the State Examinations Commission.

“The system itself is deeply flawed.  The fact that this case ended up in the High Court at all highlights the inflexibility in the process.  The judge in the case stated that situation should not be repeated again.

“Last year my colleague Thomas Byrne called on the then Education Minister Richard Bruton to identify the reforms needed and to implement them as soon as possible.  We are already two-thirds through the school year and the Leaving Cert begins in just over two months.  We cannot be faced with a similar situation this year.

“I am calling on Minister Joe McHugh to outline where this process is at and when the much needed reforms will be in place”.

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