Tuesday June 2, 2020

Chance to leave the Leaving behind may be squandered

Covid-19 has provided an unexpected opportunity to reform the outdated exam, but an incoming government may opt for business as usual in 2021

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

10th May, 2020
The government risked upsetting parents, students, teachers and schools if it abandoned the Leaving Cert

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has recalled many times how he still gets nightmares about his Leaving Certificate maths paper. And he sometimes draws on his other Leaving Cert subjects when he is looking for a political metaphor.

During the fallout from the acquittal of the Jobstown water protestors, Varadkar brought up William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies during a Dáil debate. He said he had been particularly struck by the vote taken by the...

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