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Kathleen Funchion TD calls on Minister to reform Leaving Cert

14 August, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has called on Minister Richard Bruton to seriously consider implementing a number of reform measures ahead of the release of the Leaving Certificate 2018 results tomorrow.

The Carlow/Kilkenny TD said;

“I spoke in the Dáil earlier this year on the importance of a make-up exam for students in extreme situations that force them to miss exams. 

"There will undoubtedly be disappointed young people tomorrow who, for reasons out of their own control, won’t be getting their Leaving Certificate results. 

"The Minister needs to seriously reconsider his position on this matter and accept that students deserve every possible chance to complete exams.

“The worry and stress of the lead-up to Leaving Certificate results has undoubtedly taken its toll on the young people of this country in the past number of weeks and will come to a climax tomorrow morning. 

"The pressure placed on these young adults is unacceptable and the Minister needs to seriously consider reforming the Leaving Certificate to relieve some of the immense worry the night before these results. 

"It is ridiculous that so many years of hard work hinge on one week of exams and the pressure this creates is unhealthy.

“While the vast majority of students will have worked tirelessly and diligently in their study and preparation for Leaving Certificate results, a recent survey by DCU has shown that students do not feel the Leaving Certificate prepared them adequately for University. 

"The amount of work done by 6th year students around the country should pay off in university and should most definitely leave them with the necessary skills to begin their college journey.

“The only way to do this is reform. The Minister should acknowledge the impractical learning, the unnecessary pressure and worry and the lack of flexibility in the current Leaving Certificate and implement changes sooner rather than later.” 

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