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O’Brien commends students ahead of Leaving Cert Results

11 August, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking this afternoon ahead of the publication of the Leaving Certificate results tomorrow, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien wished the students well and urged them to remain calm in the context of the increased points requirements for certain courses.

The Cork North Central TD said:

“There is always a lot of hype over the Leaving Cert results and it is has intensified with reports stating that many courses have breached the 500 points requirement for admission.

“We wish the students well and hope that everyone gets what they need; we are calling on the government to do something to address this rat-race style admissions system however.

“Some of the colleges have made great headway in introducing direct entry systems and are to be commended for it, but the Government needs to ensure that this good work is built on further.

“The points system must be changed and continued assessment must be a cornerstone of the Leaving Cert as examining a student over a period of a couple of stressful weeks to see if they can progress to their third level preferred course is unfair and unjustifiable. Young people have enough pressures to cope with without the added stress of intense examinations over a short period of time.

“The education system should be about assisting students in developing their full potential according to their capabilities.

“While we should be congratulating students who got top points, we should also commend students who managed to pass while acting as carers for sick relatives, or living in direct provision or homeless services. Their achievements should be recognised.

“We would ask students who are unhappy with their results to do some research and find out about other options open to them besides going directly in to the university route, and think carefully about accepting CAO offers they aren’t particularly enthused about. We wish everyone well, but these results are not the be all and end all.” 

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