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New Leaving Certificate online portal ‘stress-tested’ to prevent crash

More than 61,000 students are expected to register on the portal from 10am on Tuesday

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh (Leon Farrell/PA)

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh (Leon Farrell/PA)

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh (Leon Farrell/PA)

A new portal for Leaving Certificate students to register to receive calculated grades has been stress-tested to ensure it does not crash, the Department of Education has said.

The Leaving Certificate exam was postponed this year due to the pandemic and students have been given the option to receive a calculated grade or sit the exam at a later date.

More than 61,000 students were expected to have registered on the portal from 10am on Tuesday.

The online portal will remain open for registrations until 10pm on Thursday.

Director of operations and IT at the Department of Education, Andrea Feeney, told Newstalk FM that the new online portal is a “one-stop shop” for students.

Ms Feeney said it has been stress-tested to prevent it from being overwhelmed.

“We have done a lot of stress-testing and we have been working with our internet service providers to make sure that that doesn’t happen”.

“When the portal closes on Thursday, we will provide that information to schools so that the schools can provide an estimated percentage mark and a ranking of each of their students.”

Students have to confirm the level of exam they would have sat, or they can change to a lower level.

Schools have been asked to assist their students as much as possible but if anyone has trouble getting access online, there will be helpline support from midday on Tuesday.

When registering on gov.ie/leavingcertificate, students must have their examination number, Personal Public Service number (PPS), email address and mobile phone number.

Education Minister Joe McHugh said: “Every school has been sent on the information to provide to their students so that they are able to complete the registration on the student portal.

“This is a brand new system that it has been necessary to introduce because of the decisions we have had to take as we respond to Covid-19 situation.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice said language students who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum two years permitted as a language student, but are unable to return home due to the pandemic, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year.

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