A group of around 60 students say it’s the fairest option.

Nearly 3,000 students have signed a petition calling for this year’s Leaving Certificate to be replaced with estimated grading.

The exam regulator in the UK has decided to allow teachers to mark students, based on their judgment, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A group of around 60 students have produced a proposal, and say it is the fairest option.

Adam Kelly, the winner of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, and 6th year student at Skerries Community College in Dublin, believes it has to be done differently this year.

”Another proposal is post pone the Leaving Cert but that has other problems itself,” he said.

”It doesn’t account for missing project work which would either unfairly give students an advantage or disadvantage.”

”And it doesn’t account for the large amounts of missing time we will have had in school.

”For example classes that haven’t finished the courses wouldn’t be as ready to sit the exams as ones who’d already have started revision at this point.”