‘Really important’ to support pupils after Leaving Cert error

‘Really important’ to support pupils after Leaving Cert error

A Cork principal said it is important that students affected by the Leaving Certificate grades process error reach out for support and advice. 

A Cork principal said it is important that students affected by the Leaving Certificate grades process error reach out for support and advice. 

Principal of Kinsale Community School, Fergal McCarthy said that while it is early days for students to react to the sudden revelation, the most important thing is to ensure support and advice is now available to students who may be faced with difficult decisions.

“I think it is really important that students retain a link with their counsellor from secondary school so that they can get advice and support around decisions that need to be made.

“It is disappointing that, having missed out on their leaving cert, their graduation and saying goodbye to their colleagues, that they find themselves now in a system they should have had trust and confidence in. The circumstances are that the students now need support around what to do next," he said. 

Mr McCarthy said what is really important in all this is that the student is placed at the centre of it. 

“It is an error that has been made, it may have an impact on the places that have been offered or the places that haven’t been offered.” 

The principal of Coláiste Éamann Rís in Cork city. Aaron Wolfe said that while the situation will bring uncertainty, that the fact nobody will be disadvantaged by the error is good news. 

“The only good thing is no one will receive a reduced grade but it adds some uncertainty onto the leaving cert. Yes it is uncertainty but it will mean good news for 6,500 students in the long run. 

“Errors do happen, it is surprising because normally the state exams use such vigorous testing, but the good news is no one will be disadvantaged and people can only go up in grades," he said. 

“It is not a doomsday scenario and they have put their hands up and said we have made a mistake and we are going to rectify it, it certainly isn’t the end of the world," the secondary school principal added. 

Mr Wolfe said the Government reacted in a way that gives confidence, unlike the previous Government.

“They learned from the previous government, not to make knee jerk reactions. As in when we were first shut down, they cancelled the orals and said the leaving cert would go-ahead. 

“At least they waited to see what the situation was. They acted too quickly the last time, the leaving cert was going ahead by hook or by crook. Then it was cancelled, so this time they gathered their data and addressed it.

“They haven’t induced panic, the best part is no one will go down, people will just go up in grades," he said. 

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