Crowe congratulates leaving cert students and teachers
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has commended teachers and students on the week that the first round of college offersfrom the Central Applications Office(CAO) were published. He praised the resilience and dedication they have shown in a year when cuts to staffing schedules and other important services had resulted in significant challenges for schools right across the country.
Deputy Crowe said that students should not be disheartened if they have not yet received a college offer in this week’s round of offers from the CAO and he emphasised the importance of students picking subjects that stimulated their interests and for which they were best suited.
Deputy Crowe said;
“Students who were not offered a place on their preferred third level course should not despair as there is still a chance they will be accepted on their preferred course in the later rounds of offers.
“I would also urge students to treat any offer received as potentially, the final offer that they may get for their chosen course.
“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has drawn attention to
the huge number of students still taking Construction Studies
and I support their calls that there needs to be a review and a revamp of
the antiquated apprentice system.
“I also share the TUI concerns that any additional cuts to school staffing numbers will place many key subjects at risk and further shorten the odds for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds having the opportunity to progress to third level.
“The publication of leaving cert results is a stressful time for students and their families. They should not despair or be despondent should they fail to obtain the results they were looking for or gain access to their preferred course.
“There are many future opportunities that they can avail of and I would urge all leaving cert students to look carefully at all their options and take heed of the advice they are given as they plan for the future.”