Errors have been uncovered in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.
The Minister for Education is due to make a full statement on the matter later this afternoon.
Norma Foley’s announcement has been described as “significant,” with officials also expected to set up an emergency helpline for students.
Speaking in the Dáil this lunchtime, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Department of Education would be making a full statement on the matter later today.
“The Department of Education and Skills has found, to my understanding, two errors in the Leaving Certificate 2020 calculated grades,” he said.
“My understanding is that the Minister for Education will be making a comprehensive statement today in relation to this, in terms of both what has occurred and the measures taken to rectify that, the rechecking of that process and bringing in an independent external evaluation.”
He said the Government’s main aim is to “ease as much anxiety as we possibly can in relation to the students themselves.”
“Our objective and the priority has to be the students themselves in terms of how they receive this information.
Students who may receive upgrades in terms of some of their grades as a result of these errors, they have to be communicated with first.