Monday May 25, 2020

Elaine Byrne: Our outdated Leaving Cert is no way to measure students’ potential

Even before the pandemic, technology was rapidly disrupting traditional practices, and our education system must reflect this change

17th May, 2020
It increasingly appears that this intensive exam-based assessment over a short period of time is outdated, not fit for purpose and in urgent need of reform

The decision by Minister for Education Joe McHugh to cancel the Leaving Certificate is widely regarded as the least worst decisions. The terrible reality of Covid-19 had placed McHugh in an impossible position.

The will-there, won’t-there prospect of an exam (or not) dangled like the Sword of Damocles over the heads of the nation’s students for several weeks. The overwhelming reaction of Ireland’s 17-, 18- and 19-year-olds to the option of receiving predicated grades was...

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