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'The necessity to reform the Leaving Cert has been an argument reiterated by experts and stakeholders within the field of education for a number of years'. (stock photo)

'The necessity to reform the Leaving Cert has been an argument reiterated by experts and stakeholders within the field of education for a number of years'. (stock photo)

'The necessity to reform the Leaving Cert has been an argument reiterated by experts and stakeholders within the field of education for a number of years'. (stock photo)

During the early part of 2020, when the severity of Covid-19 and the impact it would have on our economy and society became suddenly apparent, one of the most urgent and debated questions was with regard to the viability of the 2020 Leaving Cert exam.

The necessity to reform the Leaving Cert has been an argument reiterated by experts and stakeholders within the field of education for a number of years.

While respective views on the type of reform which should be implemented to the Leaving Cert may vary, the blatant and undisputed reality is that the Leaving Cert as a process demands that students can regurgitate an excessive amount of information over an unacceptably short period of time. This happens in an environment designed to be memory-centred, time-restrictive and high-pressured.