Credible alternative needed if Leaving Cert is to be cancelled
Plan B needed but predicative grading not the way forward
Responding to the knee jerk responses from some politicians calling for the Leaving Cert to be cancelled, Labour Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said anyone doing so should be proposing a credible alternative.
Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:
“It is hugely disappointing that the roadmap out of the pandemic, published on Friday did not mention the Leaving Cert. But the knee-jerk reaction from some politicians and parties calling for the cancellation of the Leaving Cert without providing viable alternatives doesn’t help anyone.
“I have called on the Minister to outline a Plan B, but what I am certain on is that predictive grading is not the right solution, as it would benefit the better off. Schools who are worried about moneyed parents taking court cases will give better grades. It’s the way of the world. Such an alternative will disadvantage less well off students who are already struggling with the digital divide and lack of resources.
“Anyone out calling for the cancellation of the Leaving Cert should be putting forward a credible alternative entry mechanism for third level places. Such calls simply cause more mental stress and anguish for students, and add to the growing uncertainty about the Leaving Cert.
“In the days ahead the Government needs to clearly outline what its plan is, and I also want to hear from education stakeholders at the planned critical meeting of that group on Wednesday when decisions on Leaving Cert practicals are due to be decided.
“We are open to all alternatives that will protect the health and mental health of students, and will uphold the integrity of the exams process but playing to the gallery just adds further uncertainty.”