Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has called on the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Skills to review procedures in place for the Reasonable Accommodation Scheme now so that no child is left without the support needed for exams next year.
Deputy O’Brien said;
“This year there was an increase in the number of students with learning difficulties and other conditions, or their parents, contacting me having been refused reasonable accommodations in their Leaving Cert exams despite having had them for their Junior Cert.
“Many of these students have dyslexia and were refused scribes and readers to assist them in their exams even though they are integral to them being put on a level playing field at Leaving Cert level with students who don’t have dyslexia or other conditions.
“I am asking the Minister for Education, the Department, and the State Examinations Commission to review the procedures that are in place for allocating assistance through the Reasonable Accommodation Scheme at Leaving Cert level.
“It should not be excessively difficult for students to access supports needed and the application process at Junior Cert and Leaving Cert should be the same.
“Further to this, it is completely unacceptable that the SEC leaves it until so late in the day to make decisions and appeals, these must be dealt with earlier in the year.
“I am hopeful that the Minister will take heed of this and address this scheme as a matter of urgency.”