Last year 60,000 students in Ireland started their Leaving Certificate year.
This is a strenuous year at the best of times as the Leaving Certificate is considered to be the gateway to their futures. It can determine their life careers as college placements depend on the certificate points.
Then along came the Virus.
The gubmint in its infinite wisdom decided that the exams couldn’t take place and that they would have to estimate what the student might have scored. Anyone with any intelligence greater than an amoeba could tell that this was going to be a disaster. 60,000 kids were left wondering.
So they wrote a programme that would do the estimates and ran it. The results were obviously different from previous years’ examples so they tweaked the programme. 60,000 kids were left wondering.
They finally decided that everything was grand and sent out the results to the students. Naturally several court cases commenced, brought by individuals and even whole schools, as the results were obviously wrong. But in the meantime colleges allocated course places on the basis of the results. Students paid their fees, sorted out accommodation and moved to the universities of their choice.
Then the gubmint discovered a major flaw in their precious programme. It had underestimated grades is around 6,500 cases, but of course none of the 60,000 knew if their marks were involved so all were left wondering.
Now we have a situation where courses have been allocated but there will probably be extra students entitled to that course. Other students will discover that they are now entitled to their first choice of subject instead of their second, and will find themselves having to decamp to a different city, having already paid fees and arranged digs. To make matters worse, the Powers that Be had discovered the problem before courses were allocated and could at least have delayed until the errors were rectified. To put it mildly there is utter chaos and crass incompetence.
In the meantime of course, 60,000 kids are left wondering. I wonder how many will have nervous breakdowns before this is over?
You honestly couldn’t make this up.