Students have spoken of their delight and relief following the Education Minister's U-turn on the awarding of A-level grades.
Yesterday Peter Weir revealed both A-level and AS-level candidates will be awarded grades as predicted by their teachers.
He abandoned plans to use centralised standardisation following an outcry from teachers, parents and pupils over last Thursday's results.
Mr Weir made the announcement hours after confirming GCSEs would be based solely on teacher predictions.
The news was met with relief by students, who are happy Northern Ireland followed England and Wales yesterday in awarding grades based on teacher predictions. Scotland had already made the change last week.
But as a result of the embarrassing about-face, some students are demanding the Education Minister now step down over the fiasco.
Carrickfergus mum-of-four Gillian Brownnutt (47) told the Belfast Telegraph that her 16-year-old daughter Mia, who attends Ulidia Integrated College and is awaiting her GCSE results on Thursday, could now look forward to getting her grades.
Mia had been panicking after her brother Leo (19) had one A-level marked down from a predicted A* to a C.
Leo's place at Queen's University to study English and creative writing is already secure, but the family will be keen to get the updated marks.
"There's definitely a bit of relief in the house now for Mia on what's ahead of her," Ms Brownnutt said.
"Mia has dyslexia so she has to work extremely hard. She's predicted mainly C grades, but if she was marked down it would be more detrimental."
Aron Hughes' results last week (BBD) were below his predicted grades (ABB).
With an unconditional offer to study law with politics at Queen's University, the St Columb's High School student (18) from Belfast welcomed the U-turn on the grades.
"It's fantastic news and I think it's something that was well needed. I personally have already been in touch with my school to see exactly what my results will be upgraded to," he said.
"I don't think this would have happened without all the political parties and young people coming together to get the results we deserved.
"I think the protest that was planned (for Tuesday) would have added extra pressure, but I am quite disappointed that Peter Weir only made the decision following England and Wales.
"It would have been better if Northern Ireland had taken the lead in the same way that Scotland did."
Abbey Community College pupil Tinique Murray (19) said she was "over the Moon" when she heard the news.
Her place to study criminology and criminal justice at Ulster University had been in doubt after two of her predicted results were downgraded.
"I'm so, so happy. We had waited enough," she said.
"I'm hoping now I'm getting into uni.
"I thought I might have to wait a year and resit my tests. But I've got all my hope back again."
She said she also hoped Mr Weir acknowledged the impact this has had on students, insisting it had caused worry and panic for many young people.
Echoing her comments were student protesters Nicole Beck (18) and Robert Burke (18), who were among 50 who gathered outside the Education Authority offices in Belfast yesterday afternoon - not long before news of Mr Weir's announcement emerged.
"I want Peter Weir to step down," said Nicole.
"The fact is that Scotland apologised straight away."
Robert told the Belfast Telegraph the blame for the handling of the grades crisis lies solely with the Education Minister and his department.
"I think, ultimately, CCEA has been led by Peter Weir and the department, and criticism of them (exams body) is unfair," said Robert.
"They had been led by the British Government and I think blame lies with Mr Weir and I think in the coming days we need to look at the power of the Department of Education, and reassess the power of the teaching unions, because I am sure no union in the north of Ireland would stand for this shambles."