Last Wednesday, August 15, the wait was over and the 2012 Leaving Certificate results were issued to over 600 anxious young Longford people. Nationwide, the figures were tallied and among the main statistics were the following: girls outperformed their male counterparts across the majority of subjects. Following their higher level success last year girls continued to get more honours in English, Irish, maths, French, German, history and geography.
Boys gained more honours grades in construction studies and engineering. Ordinary classical studies and combined physics and chemistry (higher and ordinary level) had some of the highest failure rates.
A contentious issue to arise in the aftermath of this year’s Leaving Certificate results was the effect the CAO bonus points system had on the ensuing CAO college offers. However, analysis of the CAO applications show that only 3,000 students seeking a college place benefited from the extra 25 bonus points offered the higher level maths paper.
On the morning of the results, the Leader took a trip to Lanesboro Community College where we caught up with some of the county’s Leaving Certificate students.
Cartriona Maher (18), Lanesboro
“I did grand. I got what I wanted and now I hope to do a childcare course in Longford.”
Stacey Walsh (18), Lanesboro
“I was happy enough with the results. I wanted to do nursing in Athlone but I think I’ll be going to Cavan now.”
Gavin Heneghan (18), Lanesboro
“I got what I wanted and it was way better than I expected. I’m now working full-time in Argos.”
John Walsh (17), Roscommon
“It went well. I want to do law in Galway.”
Gary Egan (17), Clondra
“I passed everything and that’s the main thing. I got my course anyway. I’ll be going to Colaiste Ide in Finglas, Dublin.”
Marie Farrell (17), Curraghroe
“It went great, Thank God. I got what I wanted. I want to do physiotherapy and I have that in Cavan already. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Anita Kenny (17), Ballyleague
“It went well. I got what I wanted and I have enough points to do what I wanted now.”