The State Examinations Commission is to carry out an "urgent assessment" of the current timelines involved in the Leaving Certificate appeals process.

The SEC board met this evening to consider the implications of this week's High Court ruling.

In a statement issued after its meeting the board said the court had raised significant issues regarding the interconnection between the Leaving Certificate results and their use in the selection process for entry to third level education.

The board said it welcomed the decision by the Minister for Education to convene a meeting of his officials, the SEC and representatives of third level education at an early date to urgently consider the issues highlighted in the Court proceedings.

It said it would contribute positively and constructively to this process of reviewing and assessing how the examination results, the offer of places, and the commencement of the third level academic year interacted.

The board said the assessment of the current appeals process would be done in order to contribute fully and fruitfully to the broader discussions.

It said that because the matter was due back before the High Court on Monday, and in the absence of a final order from the court, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

The SEC said the processing of this year's Leaving Certificate appeals was now in its closing stages, and the outcomes would be issued to students on Wednesday 10 October.

In the statement it said it emphasised its absolute commitment to the provision of an examination system to highest standards of quality, fairness, and efficiency.


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