More than 9,000 students have appealed their Leaving Cert results this year 9 months ago

More than 9,000 students have appealed their Leaving Cert results this year

A large increase.

There has been a significant increase in the number of students appealing their Leaving Cert results this year.

According to the State Examinations Commission (SEC), more than 9,000 candidates have made applications to appeal more than 17,000 grades.

That means one in six leaving cert candidates have asked for a paper to be rechecked.

This marks a 74% increase on the number of students appealing compared to 2018 and is far more the SEC had anticipated.

Higher level Music went from 164 appeals last year to 479 in 2019, which is almost a 200% increase, but Biology had the highest number of appeals.

The rise follows a successful High Court challenge to appeal procedures this time last year, which means a more compressed timeline for rechecks and appeals.

The SEC has said it can keep to its original mid-September timeline for releasing appeal outcomes despite the unexpected increase in appeals.