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Exams debacle is not over by a long shot

Colm O'Rourke


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The Department of Health used to be the place to dump a minister. It was once described as 'Angola' - a place where only problems emerged and never solutions. Now that title seems to have been transferred to education, and last week we had another example of how not to do things.

The new minister, Norma Foley, spoke in the Dail last Thursday. There wasn't a mention of the Leaving Cert but that evening came an announcement that the results would not be available until September.

Last Friday, the minister said she did not give the news in the Dail as she wanted to inform the "education partners first". That obviously does not include school principals, parents or the students themselves.