Rebecca Carter, an 18-year-old student from Castlebridge in Co. Wexford, has won her High Court case against the States Examination Commission and will now take a place in the UCD veterinary medicine course.
The student was suing the Commission over their decision not to recheck her examination papers until October, resulting in her losing out on a place in UCD’s veterinary medicine course, as originally reported by us here.
Ms Carter had repeated her Leaving Certificate only to miss out on the course by six points. After the papers were reviewed it was revealed that an examiner had calculated her business paper results incorrectly, meaning she was marked lower than she should have been. Had the paper been marked correctly she would have had more than enough points to take a place in the Veterinary Medicine course.
The case was brought against the State Examinations Commission after they said they could not speed up the student’s appeal process and said it would not be decided until October 10th. The problem for Ms Carter was that UCD would only hold her place on the course until September 30th.
After the case was adjourned to allow the State Examinations Commission to file appeal papers, Justice Richard Humphreys ruled in favour of the student and ordered the State Examinations Commission to make a decision on the appeal by Friday, September 28th. Justice Humphreys commented that the appeals process was highly unfair and caused undue stress to Leaving Cert students.
Justice Humphreys said the appeal system was not fit for purpose while adding he hoped there was no repeat case next year. He also commented that UCD’s cut-off date for course allocations highlighted deficiencies, before calling for a review on the appeals process.
The Student, Rebecca Carter, spoke of her delight at the verdict and said she hopes to commence her college education this coming Monday, October 1st. She noted that it is important that the system is reviewed to help protect future students from a situation like this.