HC Deb 15 August 1889 vol 339 cc1328-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant, of Ireland what is the minimum all round per-centage required to obtain a pass in the B.A. honour course of the Royal University of Ireland; what is the minimum per-centage on any particular subject in cases where the candidate obtains the requisite per-centage on all the subjects taken together; were the papers last year less difficult than this year; were passes obtained this year on a less average than last year; and, if so, why; and, whether, in any case of petition or representation by a candidate, the Senate of the Royal University directs a re-perusal of his examination papers?


The secretaries of the Royal University Report that there is no general all-round standard—the marking varying according to the general character and difficulty of the subject. Neither honour nor pass degrees are awarded on all-round per-centages. The secretaries cannot take it upon themselves to say whether the questions set at the various degree examinations this year were more or less difficult than those set last year, but they are of opinion that degrees were not granted on a lower standard this year. The Senate has not on any occasion found it necessary to direct a re-perusal of the answer of any candidate.