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Let's just give students the courses they've applied for

Sarah Carey


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Exam issue: Education Minister Joe McHugh during a briefing where he announced the Leaving Cert would be postponed. Photo: Leon Farrell/PA

Exam issue: Education Minister Joe McHugh during a briefing where he announced the Leaving Cert would be postponed. Photo: Leon Farrell/PA

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Exam issue: Education Minister Joe McHugh during a briefing where he announced the Leaving Cert would be postponed. Photo: Leon Farrell/PA

Thank God I have no one doing the Leaving Certificate this year. I don't envy anyone trying to devise a 'least-harm' solution, but I've got an idea worth considering that addresses a fundamental weakness of the proposed 'predicted grades' system.

In order to solve a problem, you have to define it correctly.

Let's go back to the Leaving Cert itself and understand what it attempts to achieve. It has been determinedly moulded over the years to perform one function only - to allocate places in higher education.