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Leaving Certificate pressure 'to be reduced'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/03/2013. Leaving Certificate pressure 'to be reduced'Tags: Secondary School News

The pressure on Leaving Certificate students in Ireland is to be reduced, it has been revealed.

According to the Department of Education, plans are being introduced that form part of a commitment to relieve some of the points pressure felt by pupils .

These changes will include the number of available degree programmes being brought down, with courses becoming more broadly-based.

In addition, there is to be a greater emphasis on addressing problematic predictability in the Leaving Certificate examinations and to cut the number of grading bands.

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn said "the high stakes nature of the Leaving Certificate exam, particularly as it is used for determining entry to higher education, has had a negative effect on teaching and learning".

Mr Quinn explained that as a result of this, many academics have raised concerns that students are entering their first year of higher education without being adequately equipped to analyse problems and to think critically.

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William Flynn

(14-05-2013 20:23)

If the universities were to use the JC for basic education requirements and then only six subjects would help many students by reducing their workload. Dropping compulsory Irish would also help some students. I ended up having to do nine subjects for the leaving cert.

I am afraid that all the proposed changes will do unless extra places are provide, is shift the pinch point from the LC to first year in university.

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