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Leaving Cert points should not be sole criterion for success - Crowe

16 August, 2005

Speaking before the release of tomorrow's leaving cert results, Sinn Féin education spokesperson Sean Crowe T.D commended the students on the completion of what is a very stressful set of exams. He reiterated his view that points should not be considered the sole criterion for success.

Deputy Crowe said, "With an ever increasing emphasis on points alone there is a danger of losing sight of what the real aim of any educational system should be. This should be about personal development incorporating a broad range of experiences. Education should be about maximising each individual's potential. The condensing of an individual's potential into a couple of weeks of exams is to ignore the development of that person over the course of the many years they have spent in the educational system. In addition to this the stress, that this condensing causes, can have an adverse effect on a student's performance in the exam.

"Congratulations to all those who have sat these exams. Well done to those who got the points they were looking for, and for those who feel a little bit disappointed remember that this is only the beginning of the rest of your life, and that you are worth far more than the result of an exam.

"Finally I would urge all those celebrating tomorrow night to do so with consideration for others and in moderation." ENDS

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