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Leaving Cert decision needs to be fair to all students

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I have a daughter who has dyslexia and struggles with her mental health.

She is studying hard but, from experience, will not retain the information for very long.

On a good day she is good, but…

I disagree with some so-called experts on radio and in print who have not made a decision on how to proceed with the Leaving Cert 2020, but I respect their views.

A suggestion to use Sats, a test taken by school students in the UK as part of the national curriculum using English and maths as benchmarks, is OK for most students but maths is my daughter’s worst subject.

The suggestion to give a test assessment for all subjects is, I believe, fair to all students based on their ability.

Teachers are in the best position to give a fair grade. They are professional and must be respected and given our permission to do so as I believe it to be fair.

I hope they do not push the exams back as the knock-on for all concerned and colleges is very negative.

These young adults do not need the extra pressure at this pressurised time of their lives. Mental pressure will play a big part, no matter what happens. The Department of Education should look after all students to assess their abilities so all get a fair crack of the whip. We do not all have A students.

Prolonging a decision is not in the interests of vulnerable students and I wish them all the very best for the future, wherever that may take them.

The Department of Education needs to make a decision soon to help students and parents in this very unusual time our nation is experiencing.

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Putting rejected candidates in Seanad is an affront

I wonder sometimes what this politicking is all about when people choose not to support a certain candidate because of their performance in the Dáil or for some other reason which they are not happy with – like voting in the chamber on behalf of a colleague who is not even there.

Fast forward a few weeks and, lo and behold, these same rejected people are now members of the upper house, proposed by their parties.

Surely this is an affront to the electorate who chose not to have them elected? Is it any wonder there is so much apathy when politics is mentioned in this country?

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Am I safe from the ubiquitous puffing and sweating jogger?

Social distancing is all very well but in my infrequent walks to the shop I encounter the anti-social distancers in the form of ubiquitous joggers.

They loom into view and you wonder if they will give a wide berth as they puff and sweat all over the place in their approach.

All I can do is hold my breath as they pass – usually too close for comfort – and I am left wondering about droplets and the spittle so many of such sporty types seem to expel. Am I safe?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork


What hope do we have of a healthy retirement?

The present arrangements for avoiding coronavirus and rumours as to how a triage might take account of age seem to accept that, in general, over-70s are regarded as frail.

That would mean that, even at the present retirement age, one could only reasonably expect five years of healthy retirement.

And if the retirement age was extended eventually to 68...

John F Jordan

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Vatican Bank could loosen purse-strings to help crisis

Isn’t it about time the Vatican Bank coffers were opened to help the world in this time of crisis? A 21st century version of the loaves and fishes.

Claire O’Doherty

Tralee, Co Kerry


Real-world solutions don’t come from the lecture hall

As a public health consultant, I lament the deafening silence of self-appointed global health strategists.

Global health cannot be taught only within confined rooms, halls, lectures, seminars or workshops. It is itself global.

Even the most advanced European countries in healthcare have failed miserably in responding or containing or halting the spread of the coronavirus.

Not only that, they have also failed to provide protective masks and latex gloves and follow simple guidelines.

Lecturing is something and living in the real world is something else.

Global health is about living in the real world.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, United Kingdom

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