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Leaving Cert 2022 : Traditional exam looks set to be approved despite calls to use hybrid model.

The government is expected to approve new plans that will allow students to take the Leaving Cert with "some elements of choice”.


The Government is set to opt for demands for a traditional examination over a hybrid model. Students have requested the option to receive accredited grades. But worries grade inflation, which has resulted in significant increases in points over the past 24 months, are believed to be the main reason why the government wants to return to a traditional leaving cert. Minister for Education Norma Foley is scheduled to bring proposals before Cabinet on Tuesday morning for approval. The three Government leaders met last  night to discuss the options available.


The plan will include "more choice and variety" of papers in order to facilitate students. Marking schemes will also be drawn up in order to ensure that students maintain a similar grade profile to last year. One source said it was impossible to run a hybrid model without Junior Cert data for one in four Leaving Cert students.

The Government had planned to use school profiling in 2020 when Leaving Cert exams were first replaced by a system based on teachers’ estimates. However, it dropped the plan following opposition claims that this could penalise students attending school in disadvantaged areas.

 

In a statement to RTÉ News on Monday, Emer Neville, president of the Irish Second-level Students' Union, stated that she was unaware of any impending announcement but expressed the hope that one would be made before the majority of students actually take the mock exams. All we know is that the mocks that they sit might not reflect the actual Leaving cert that they are going to sit.

That’s putting additional stress on the students and what we are really hoping now is that they will have some sort of clarity before they start their exams.”

 

Ms Neville said she didn't accept that students who did not complete a normal Junior Certificate will make a hybrid leaving Certificate impossible for this year, insisting that students were assured that the grades they were assigned were meaningful when they received certificates that indicated completion of the Junior Certificate.

 

“I think we could be looking at other options for this. Why do we have to use the Junior Cert? Why could we not go for an national average or look at putting in other measures that might work. I’m not an expert on standardisation but I do think we need to be broadening what we are looking at and make sure we are looking at all options to be fair on students.”


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