The Minister for Education has said he will not have to pay more teachers to correct Leaving Cert exam papers to speed up the correction process.

Richard Bruton made the comments following a court case by an 18-year-old student who wanted to get a marking mistake in her Leaving Cert exam fixed in time for her to go to university.

Rebecca Carter won her High Court case and has accepted an offer to study veterinary medicine at UCD.

The judge in the case, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys, said the current appeals process was highly unfair, not fit for purpose and caused untold stress on students.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week programme, Mr Bruton said would look at a tightening of timetables with regard to the appeals process as a way to resolve the issue.

He said that he is bringing together the State Examinations Commission and the Institutes of Higher Education to sort out the problem.


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