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Letters: Leave college to the next generation

Just like many other young people, and after much deliberation, my CAO form was signed, sealed and posted well before the February deadline. However, among the tears, trauma and tantrums of being a teen doing the Leaving Cert in Ireland, a new pressure is being forced on young students around the country -- the points race.

Just like many other young people, and after much deliberation, my CAO form was signed, sealed and posted well before the February deadline. However, among the tears, trauma and tantrums of being a teen doing the Leaving Cert in Ireland, a new pressure is being forced on young students around the country -- the points race.

The golden era of the Celtic Tiger saw a huge decline in the race for college places and this year the points race is set to hit an all-time high.

During the boom many people wished to skip the penniless college years and head straight into the labour force. Now, as our economy flounders, those who chose designer labels over education wish to scuttle back to the college campus.

I have no doubt that many of these mature applicants are retired students whose college days will be propped up by large pensions.

These mature applicants have had their day. If Ireland is to prosper in the future it is necessary that we have a well-educated future generation. So, with respect to mature applicants, I think that they should step aside and leave the college places for the young people of Ireland.

Bridgette Maloney Ballinteer








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