Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to attend a meeting of key stakeholders today to discuss plans for this year’s Leaving Cert exams.
Uncertainty continues to surround the viability of holding exams in schools this summer due to Covid-19. The government remains committed to plans for state exams from 29th July, if public health guidance allows. But the use of predictive grades may be back on the table as concern rises over the practicalities of bringing 61,000 students into schools this summer.
Minister McHugh will discuss the matter with the advisory group of stakeholders which includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and management bodies, the State Examinations Commission, the National Educational Psychological Service, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the Department.
The uncertainty has led to mounting stress for Leaving Cert students, the National Parents Council post primary has said. The group said they were disappointed that no plans for exams were announced by the Taoiseach in the Covid-19 lockdown exit plan. They are now calling for a prompt decision from the Minister.
“The increasing level of stress and pressures on Leaving Certificate students and their families grows daily and is unacceptable. The disparity of facilities and support for Leaving Certificate students across the country is clear. One solution cannot and will not offer fairness and equity to all students,” the NPCpp said.
“It is now very obvious that students and parents alike, need clarity and prompt action regarding the Leaving Certificate Examinations and clear alternative options to be made available to them.”