Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Leaving Certificate Reform: Discussion with School Management Bodies

Photo of Jim O'CallaghanJim O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail)
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From the committee’s point of view, nothing should be left off the table. Unquestionably, however, Mr. Irwin’s evidence is that assessment is essential for education. It is important for the committee to hear that and that all of his colleagues would agree.

Mr. Crone mentioned that we should try to decouple entry to third level from leaving certificate results. How would we go about doing that? It would transform the type of assessment we would have at the end of second level. It has now become very much linked with who gets into what institution and what they get to study in those institutions. How do we the decouple them? Do we put responsibility on the third level institutions to decide who gains entry to their courses or is that too vast an issue for us to consider?