Sunday 4 December 2016

The CAO system must change, but reform must be careful

Philip Nolan

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

Leaving Certificate students taking the English paper last year
Leaving Certificate students taking the English paper last year
Philip Nolan

THIS time each year, as over 50,000 students receive their Leaving Certificate results, we hear renewed and impassioned pleas for urgent and radical reform of the points system.

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The call for reform is more than justified, but this annual debate is problematic.

This is a time when we should be congratulating and celebrating the successes of those who have achieved their goals, while supporting and counselling those who are disappointed, remembering that there are many routes to success, and many forms of talent.

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