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Alan Farrell TD

Alan Farrell TD

Alan Farrell TD

A local TD has said the decision taken by the Government on the move to 'calculated grades' for Leaving Certificate students was taken on public health grounds.

Deputy Alan Farrell said: 'I fully appreciate the magnitude of this issue, for local students and their families, for the teachers and for school principals all across Dublin Fingal.

'The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of 29 July 2020.

'My colleague, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, has made every effort to run the 2020 Leaving Certificate as close as possible to the way the examinations were originally intended to be held.

'At a Government level, there was a great desire to allow students to undertake written and practical examinations in July and August but the compelling evidence, based on medical advice and other assessments, is that the Leaving Certificate examinations cannot be held in a reliable and valid manner, nor in a way that would be equitable for students.

'This decision is taken with the best interests of students here in Dublin Fingal and all around the country at heart. I have a responsibility to find a fair way to address the disadvantage that some students are facing and the impact a lack of time in school has had in recent weeks.'

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