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I think Transition year should be at the end of the leaving year giving students a breather before going to college and making the correct choice of courses. Some leaving cert students are far too young to be heading college and leaving home for the first time.
If we sent our children to school at 5 instead of 4, maybe we wouldnt need a transition year. Might save us a bundle if we changed the entrance age to primary school.
Just a thought.
TY for me only got me used to not doing any work and then in 5th & 6th year, school work just went downhill compared to 1st-3rd year. It was too hard to get out of the habit of basically doing nothing. I think it was a waste of a year for me. But then again, I do know people who absolutely loved it and seemed to get a lot out of it. It just depends on the person. Personally, I regret doing it. Waste of a year of my life.