I have great concerns about the proposals mentioned for the first time on Friday last week regarding Leaving Cert 2020 and indeed other State exams. I very much get the impression that the Minister for Education was forced by the media into publishing half-baked proposals.
As educators, we have been constantly fed on a diet of wellbeing for the past number of years.The question I would like to ask is: “Where is the wellbeing for our Leaving Certs in all of this?” We will not dwell on teacher wellbeing, that’s for another day!
The present proposals, as they are, have lit a fuse on a mental health timebomb.
We normally expect our young people to complete their Leaving Certificate exam by the end of June in any particular year. Now is it fair, I ask you, to burden our students even further,all the way until September 2?
Where I come from we had a great writer and journalist (John Healy) who had a fine book titled No One Shouted Stop!,well today I am shouting STOP for the sake of the mental health of our most important product, our young people.
There has got to be a better way.