This Leaving will be like the sports day with a medal for everyone

Those students who are supposed to be helped most by this avoidable mess will be the first to disengage from it, argues Colm O'Rourke

CLARITY AND CHOICE: Minister for Education Norma Foley. Photo: Mark Condren

Colm O'Rourke

Aesop's fable is of a mountain giving birth to a mouse. Thus it was with the great "education partners" committee which has given rise to the proposals for the new Leaving Cert. The students' voice comes across strongest - and it must be the only time that students have decided on the method of examining themselves. A bit like the players picking the team. All the other groups have had to bite their tongues.