The delay in publishing Leaving Cert results was unexpected but shows that there will be rigorous work to ensure fair and reliable calculated grades.

That's according to ASTI Vice President Ann Piggott, who says the teacher's union didn't expect such a long delay.

Under the new timeline results will be published on the 7th of September, first round CAO offers are out on the 11th and the appeal process begins on the 14th.

The union still prefers the traditional format of sitting exams and want the Government to put together a contingency plan should there be a similar cancellation of exams in the future.

Ann Piggott told Midwest News that a lot of work needs to be done to ensure the results are consistent to traditional exam years.

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