Commenting on the roll out of CAO offers for Leaving Cert students this afternoon, Clive Byrne, Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals said:
“On behalf of all school leaders and the NAPD, I would like to congratulate all those Leaving Cert students who have received CAO first round offers this afternoon.
“In an unprecedented year, our Leaving Cert class of 2020 has shown great reserve and determination in getting to this point. Today represents an important milestone in the transition from secondary to third level education and beyond.
“While many students will be excited with today’s their first round offers, it is important to note that others may be disappointed to not receive their first choice college course. For those who find themselves in this position, thankfully there are a multitude of routes into further education and I encourage all students and their parents to research and consider these options. Critically, your education and career prospects will not be defined by this outcome.
“This year, as a written exam was not completed in June, students can also avail of the option of sitting an exam paper in their subject of choice in November. Between now and then, all Leaving Cert students remain firmly part of their school community, and school leaders, teachers and staff are ready to support these students in any way they can.
“For any student in need of advice over the coming days, please contact the Department of Education helpline on: 1800 265 165.”