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Crowe commends Leaving Cert students for their efforts

18 August, 2004

Speaking on the day when the 2004 Leaving Cert results are published, Sinn Fein spokesperson Séan Crowe said he wanted to congratulate all students who sat this very challenging exam, but cautioned parents and students against basing success rates on 'points' alone.

Deputy Crowe said:

"While access to third level education does hinge largely on the level of points scored, education in essence is not so straight forward. Personal development is a much bigger picture, incorporating a wide range of personal experience, including the experience of having sat the exam in the first place. It takes considerable determination, hard work and courage to go through the examination challenge and young people are to be commended for their efforts at the very outset. Tremendous pressure is put on young people to score well and a high degree of anxiety is involved in the whole experience, both before the exam and after the results have been released. This kind of stress is very unhelpful when it comes to the student's efforts to cope with the whole ordeal.

"To those who achieved their desired results-well done and for those who may be a little disappointed it is important to realise that this is only one stage in your journey through education. For those who will be celebrating tonight, enjoy yourselves but do so with care and in moderation." ENDS

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