The Education Minister says she's determined to ensure Leaving Cert students who were wrongly downgraded can take up an offer for a higher preference college course this year if they're entitled to it.


It's emerged 6,100 pupils got a lower mark than they should have due to three errors with the calculated grades system.


The issue affects around 80 per cent of schools, and a Department of Education helpline will open this morning for affected students.


The Department’s helpline on (01) 889 2199 will be open today from 11am-4 pm. The email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The National Parents Council Helpline will re-open on Monday at 11 am.


Minister Norma Foley says students might have to wait a week to find out if they'll be offered a higher preference college course:


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