What’s so wrong with the Leaving Cert?

What’s so wrong with the Leaving Cert?
Leaving Cert pupils in Baldoyle, Dublin with Minister for Education Richard Bruton Pic: Rollingnews

Critics of the Leaving find it hard to come up with an alternative – for good reason

With the publication of the results of the Leaving Certificate there has been the usual hand-wringing as to whether the exam continues to serve any purpose. Politically correct buzzwords are used, such as in the Irish Times leader last Wednesday, which was headed “A signpost, not a final destination”. It also appears that reports into our state examinations are now like Dublin buses in that you wait ages for one and then two come along together. But what does all of this mean and is there really anything we need to be concerned about?

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