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Why abandoning the Leaving Cert is the wrong decision at the wrong time

Martina Devlin


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Testing times: Leaving Cert has been cancelled for this year and replaced with ‘calculated grades’.

Testing times: Leaving Cert has been cancelled for this year and replaced with ‘calculated grades’.

Testing times: Leaving Cert has been cancelled for this year and replaced with ‘calculated grades’.

Granted, it's flip-flop weather, but does the Education Minister really have to embrace flip-flopping with such enthusiasm that he applies it to policy- making?

First he postpones the Leaving Certificate until later in the summer, now he's changed his mind and is replacing it with predicted grades, dressed up as "calculated grades". A new name, but it still sounds like a flawed marking method.

Just over a week ago, Joe McHugh described predicted grades as "inherently biased". If they were unfair then, they remain unfair today. Tweaking, renaming, even adding extra steps - what's proposed is still a form of predicted grades. It does nothing to advance social inclusion - instead, to those who have much, more shall be given.