Every student who logs on to receive their Leaving Certificate results today has been at the centre of a massive and unprecedented national experiment.
Just six months ago, at the beginning of March, the idea of cancelling the June Leaving Certificate exams, and putting in place an alternative system for this year's cohort, would have been unthinkable.
It was students themselves before most others who grabbed hold of the idea and planted it in the public mind. They pushed and argued, and insisted that their voices be heard.
And by early May the unthinkable had happened: A system of calculated grades was announced. Read article