Calls for Minister for Education to make statement on reported issues with Leaving Cert oral exams 

Calls for Minister for Education to make statement on reported issues with Leaving Cert oral exams 

Cork TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on Minister Foley to immediately make a statement regarding the scale of the issues with the Leaving Cert oral exams, and the actions she will take to redress this for students. Pic Larry Cummins

CORK TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on the Minister for Education Norma Foley to make a statement on concerns which have been raised about the Leaving Certificate oral exams. 

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills has called on Minister Foley to provide detail on actions she will take to redress issues in marking. 

This comes following reports that significant numbers of Leaving Cert students were marked down in their oral exams due to shortcomings in the way these exams were conducted.

Some examiners said a number of teachers did not correctly follow instructions on how to conduct the exams or ask enough mandatory questions, according to The Irish Times. 

“I am extremely concerned to hear reports that a significant number of Leaving Cert language students, through no fault of their own, have been marked down due to shortcomings in the way that the oral exams were run this year,” Deputy Ó Laoghaire said. 

“Students need clarity on whether they have been affected by this, and what this will mean for their results."

"The Minister must make a statement and provide detail on how widespread this issue is, and what she will do to redress this for the affected students.

Mr Ó Laoghaire said the Minister must ‘provide reassurance to all students’. 

“This will be very worrying and distressing news for students this morning, who are in the middle of their Leaving Cert written exams. The Minister must recognise the potential severity of this situation. 

“The Department of Education and the SEC cannot let this lie." 

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