Students were jumping for joy, but also breathing a sigh of relief, to finally receive their Leaving Cert results after the most unprecedented and unpredictable year for students, quite possibly in the history of the State. 

But the uncertainty may not be over for the hard-pressed class of 2020, nationwide, as a 'grade inflation' may impact the CAO points system on Friday. 

The country's 60,000 Leaving Cert students were allocated record high marks under the predicted grades system devised during the Covid-19 lockdown: grades are 4.4% higher than last year, according to the Department of Education.  

This has raised concerns that the CAO points system will see a corresponding hike in points entry requirements. 

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