Analysis: Foley’s description of the hybrid Leaving Cert as ‘fair’ is very much open to question

This year’s exam offers an opportunity for some canny students, puts pressure on teachers and could intensify the points race — but are there any viable alternatives?

Norm Foley, the Minister for Education, has the task of selling a new Leaving Cert ‘variant’ that she never wanted to introduce in the first place. Picture:

When Aodhán O’Riordáin was doing his Leaving Certificate, he and his fellow students were up in arms about how unfair it all was.

The current Labour education spokesman and his classmates had to sit their exams while Jack Charlton’s Irish football team were playing in the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

“We thought that the universe was conspiring against us and that we were being really unfairly treated,” he said.

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