Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Leaving Certificate Reform: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

In the last couple of days, a guidance counsellor told me a story about the son of two professional parents. The son decided he wanted to become a plumber. The professional parents nearly had a conniption, because he was not going to get a professional job and that he was going get hands dirty. They decided to go to the guidance counsellor to try change his mind and that he would go to a more professional job. The guidance counsellor told them their son was happy with what he wanted to do and that they should let him do that. It tells us the two sides of the importance of guidance counsellors. The parents were trying to talk the son out of what he wanted to, which was a trade. He would probably make more money than what the parents were making.


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