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For the sake of our students, a way should be found to carry out this year's Leaving Cert

Colm O'Rourke



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'The most motivated students and parents will continue to work hard on making the best of this crisis but a very high percentage will do less and less. Especially the non exam years'

'The most motivated students and parents will continue to work hard on making the best of this crisis but a very high percentage will do less and less. Especially the non exam years'

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'The most motivated students and parents will continue to work hard on making the best of this crisis but a very high percentage will do less and less. Especially the non exam years'

All secondary students should have been starting their Easter holidays this Friday. A time for a bit of freedom, with Leaving Cert students in particular using it as a time for a more relaxed study regime. Instead, we are caught in the half light, not knowing whether school will resume at all or maybe on a phased basis for exam classes. The phrase ''school is out'' has taken on a new meaning.

In the beginning it seemed like a bit of a lark. Parents had the best of intentions. Teachers in general have put huge time and used the most up-to-date resources to ensure their students were not going to be left behind.

Yet you can bring a horse to water but you can`t make him drink. In the beginning compliance with assignments was good; as time went by it has dipped. Anyone in the school sector who says anything different is delusional. The most motivated students and parents will continue to work hard on making the best of this crisis but a very high percentage will do less and less. Especially the non exam years.