Friday 19 July 2019

Grieving pupils 'need help to sit exams' - appeal


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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A young student who lost her mother to cancer during her Leaving Cert exams has appealed to ministers to put a bereavement process in place for students sitting State exams.

Last June, Rhona Butler had sat three of her exams when her mother Margaret (50) died of breast cancer on June 13.

Rhona, who was student of the year for five out of her six years at Scoil Mhuire in Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary, still had four exams to do after her mother died. She said she had no choice but to sit the remaining exams.

Ms Butler told the 'Ryan Tubridy Show' she sat one exam 12 hours after her mother died, another on the same day as her mother's wake, and another two in the days after the funeral Mass.

She recently emailed Government ministers to outline her case but she says she only received automated responses back from them.

"I sent letters to all the ministers.

"There really needs to be changes," she added.

Irish Independent

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