Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Leaving Certificate Reform: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Marc Ó CathasaighMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

At a meeting of the committee two weeks ago, I asked a question about guidance counselling to which I suspected there would be a one-word answer. I suspect it will be the same at this session. Do we need to seriously invest in second level in order that guidance counselling is available? The Chairman put together a significant unit of work on bullying in schools. The need for guidance counselling and one-on-one relationship service within schools was another thing referenced. Do we need it in terms of helping students to see a pathway that is not just the leaving certificate to a third-level institution and that academic pathway? Do we need to make that investment?


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