Vision Ireland Statement on Technical Issues Affecting Visually Impaired Students’ Exams

A close up of a student who is sitting at a desk. The student is holding a pen in their hand as they write on a piece of paper.

Vision Ireland are aware of the technical issues that affected the digital papers provided to the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle students who are blind or vision impaired. We are deeply disappointed that an already stressful experience was compounded for these students due to an avoidable technical problem.

It is disheartening that proactive steps were not taken to mitigate potential issues, especially considering the crucial nature of these examinations.

There is an extremely low representation of students who are blind or vision impaired in third-level education in Ireland, which has been decreasing over the past several years, from 1.8% in 2015/2016 (census) to 1.6% in 2019/2022 (census).

Although this is a multifactorial issue, incidents like this only serve to create more barriers for students impacted by blindness and vision impairment.

Vision Ireland is has now written to the Department of Education and the State Examinations Commission to ensure no student is gravely impacted by this technical error. We are dedicated as an organisation towards creating an inclusive and accessible educational environment for all and are keen to see what steps will be taken to prevent an issue like this happening again.