Cert 2022 Departure: CAO Round 1 bids may be delayed a full week after exam results

CAO Round 1 shows may be delayed until Friday, September 9th due to the late release of Leaving Cert results.

It could mean that shows will be several days later than last year, putting more pressure on the early years schedule for starting college.

Discussions were held about the possible date of the CAO’s bids after it was confirmed that certification leaving results would be released on Friday, September 2nd.

There has been speculation that this year’s CAO’s first round bids will follow on Tuesday, September 6, mirroring what happened last year, when the results were released on Friday, September 3.

However, it turns out that the timing of sending the Leaving Cert results data to the CAA this year may not allow for submissions until Friday, September 9 – a full week after the results are released.

Even pushing CAO Round 1 offerings to September 6 has had an impact on college start dates for freshmen.

Monday, September 5th is when the public college will reopen for continuing students, and if results and offers are not delayed this year, freshers are expected to start at that time.

University College Dublin has confirmed that it has set September 26 as the start date for early years studies, with orientation to begin on September 19.

Other higher education institutions had largely similar contingency plans.

However, if September 9, as it later emerged, is the likely date for the first round of shows, it will put more pressure on colleges and students. On the basis of the first round on September 9, the date of admission will be September 14, followed by the second round on September 19, with admission due on September 21

The State Examinations Authority (SEC) faces challenges on several fronts with regard to the release of results.

Traditionally, it is released in mid-August, but has been postponed in 2020, 2021 and 2022, due to the exceptional Leaving Cert arrangements, due to Covid.

One reason is a second full session of exams – starting June 30 – for students who have been infected by Covid, who were unable to take exams in June or another exceptional medical reason, or because of bereavement.

Hundreds of candidates were unable to pass one or more exams in the first session, due to Covid, which means thousands of individual papers for correction appeared in July.

There is also a shortage of examiners, which has been exacerbated by some of those who signed up for the job with Covid.

The third issue that contributed to the late announcement of results was ensuring that scores, in general, would not be lower than last year. This will require analyzing the data after marking the papers and likely to include some overall adjustments to the scores.

The Students’ Union of Ireland (USI) said the late release of results would have a “negative impact” on new students.

USI Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Megan O’Connor said it would have a “very devastating impact on student learning.”

She noted the potential for the first term to be shorter and more intense for first-year students, who “may lose reading weeks, or institutions may have to delay first-term assessments until after the Christmas break.”

Thornton’s comments were made before it became clear that CAO’s first round might be later than I expected.

On the basis of presentations coming a few days before September 9, she said there will be a “very tight schedule between results and the start of the school year.”

She added: ‚ÄúSome students are likely to be faced with the impossible choice of starting college at mentoring with their classmates or waiting for a call to try to take a higher-preference course. It’s just more turbulence after a very difficult two years.

“Together with the academic impact on students, this will inevitably make it more difficult for students to find safe and affordable housing near their choice.”

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