Minister for Education Richard Bruton has asked his officials to convene a meeting with the State Examinations Commission and the Higher Education institutions in order to resolve the issues raised by a High Court ruling in favour of a student whose marks were wrongly calculated.

The board of the SEC will meet tomorrow following yesterday's High Court ruling.

Rebecca Carter, of Castlebridge in Co Wexford, would have had more than enough points for her chosen course at university had her marks in her Leaving Certificate business paper been properly calculated.

Ms Carter, who repeated her Leaving Cert this year, was six marks short of the points she needed to study veterinary medicine in UCD and just one point short when second round offers were made.

When her exam results were reviewed it was found that in her business exam, the examiner had wrongly totted 17 plus 19 plus 30 to a total of 56, when it should have been 66.

Ms Carter and her family contacted the SEC earlier this month when the error was uncovered, but were told it could not be corrected until the middle of October and, if her appeal was successful, she could take up her place in 2019.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ordered the SEC to decide her appeal by tomorrow at midday and said any offer of a place should be made to Ms Carter by Friday evening.


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In a statement today, the SEC said it had arranged an unscheduled meeting of the board to consider the implications and ramifications of the "significant" judgment.

It also said it was also awaiting Mr Justice Humphreys' full written statement.

The ruling has implications for around 5,000 other Leaving Certificate candidates who are also awaiting the outcome of appeals.

Fianna Fáil's education spokesperson Thomas Byrne said the SEC needed to state unequivocally that it would comply with the court's ruling and give Ms Carter the correct marks.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, he said his party did not want to make a "political football" out of the SEC, but added that the result of the judgment needed to be urgently considered by the commission and the Department of Education in order to restore confidence to the system.

Mr Byrne said he was aware of another adding error discovered at the start of September.

He said in that case the SEC treated the error as an administration error and changed the exam sheet almost immediately, which brought the student's result by up three grades.

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said a review of the Leaving Cert marking system will take place to avoid situations that Ms Carter found herself in.

Speaking during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, Ms Doherty the outcome of the High Court case would be looked at over the coming days and the terms of reference of the review would be drawn from that.

She was responding to a question from Fianna Fáil deputy Dara Calleary, who said Ms Carter had shone a light on the "absurd bureaucracy" of the system and asked when a review of the system would take place.