Group examines options to take heat out of Leaving Cert

As this year's Leaving Cert candidates face into results week, details have emerged of new proposals to take the heat out of the "points race".

A group from universities around the country is looking at a range of options, including widening the gap between the points awarded for grades at higher and ordinary level.

The idea is that students would be rewarded for making a greater effort at honours level.

It would also see CAO points awarded for a score of between 30 and 39% on a paper, instead of a student being handed a "fail" grade.

Bonus points would be allocated to subjects that are relevant to a candidate's choice of college course to stop people choosing subjects simply to get higher points.

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