Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Leaving Certificate Reform: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Jim O'CallaghanJim O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail)
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Mr. Brownlee's opening statement referred to the 70% of second level students who choose to enter higher education and that he believed that a proportion of these students would be better suited to a technical or vocational route where they could really develop their creativity or technical skills. Is he saying there are too many unprepared people or people who should not necessarily be going on to higher education? Why is that happening? Is it because society says to them that this is where they should go?