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Asking teachers to put aside their opinions to impartially grade Leaving Cert students is fair on neither party

Stefanie Preissner


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Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Is it just me or did anyone else spend the months leading up to their Leaving Cert praying for it to be cancelled somehow?

I remember blowing out the candles on my 18th birthday cake and wishing for some celestial intervention to stop the exams from happening. My birthday is in April, so I reckoned the gods had just enough time to get their cancellation ducks in a row to make my wish come true.

They didn't. I sat my first Leaving Cert exam in 2005 with a belly full of Pharmaton because my mother must have thought a vitamin and mineral deficiency were the things that tripped me up in my pre-exams. I wrote so much in that first exam that my middle finger had a massive welt and a substantial dent by 5pm. To this day, that finger resembles something a child created with clay.