Thousands of students across the country are calling for the Leaving Certificate to be cancelled.
A proposal and petition have also been put together which aims to replace the exams with an estimated grades system.
A similar approach is being taken by the regulator in the UK.
A group of students and I have put together what we believe is the best approach to dealing with the Leaving Cert and COVID-19
— Adam Kelly (@adamkelly2201) March 22, 2020
The proposal to cancel the Leaving Cert states:
- The safety and welfare of all students and staff must be upheld.
- The progression of students into employment, higher education, apprenticeship, etc.
must be minimally impacted.
- Students must receive a formal qualification that accurately reflects their academic
- The qualification must maintain its integrity and must be comparable across years
where the examination cycle takes place as normal.
- Previously submitted Leaving Certificate examination material should be considered,
as should the decision to award 100% of marks in certain subjects.
Students are also being asked the question by Unicef.
— UNICEF Ireland (@unicefireland) March 24, 2020
Minister for Education Joe McHugh says:
"We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen."
— education.ie (@Education_Ire) March 19, 2020
All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed until the 19th of April.