The Leaving Certificate is a national affair


Emer Neville, Uachtarán of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union recently presented before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science on Leaving Certificate reform. In her opening statement, Neville referred to the Leaving Certificate as a “national affair” and urgently calls for a “complete overhaul of the Leaving Certificate”

“It is clear to us that students do not want a return to the traditional leaving certificate. We can no longer continue to put plasters on a completely broken system, the solution is clear and that is a complete overhaul of the leaving certificate.”  The statement highlighted three main points, Assessments Options, Access to Third-level and Irish Language and Irish Medium Education, outlining what students wish to see from the future of the state exam. 

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