The Leaving Cert is failing generations of students

The Leaving Cert is failing generations of students

It is time we had an education system that fosters creativity and citizenship instead of hot-housing our children for the rat race

The Leaving Cert has merits: for most students, it embeds key skills and knowledge, and offers a level playing field. The points system exists to provide a merit-based assessment for entry to third level; it does this basic job well. But is this raison d’être part of the problem?

The dominance of the ‘points’ narrative in our education system places disproportionate emphasis on just one route to life success: a third-level qualification. There are...

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