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There remains ‘a significant lack of fair and equal representation’ of black authors in the Leaving Cert, a new campaign argues.

Hannah McMahon writes:

The current Irish leaving cert English curriculum covers a variety of eclectic and dynamic poets, authors and playwrights from around the world.

But unfortunately, there remains to be a significant lack of fair and equal representation of poems, stories and creative works from black authors.

I want to change this, so that sixth year students can benefit from a more balanced representation of the literature, poems and plays provided by the authors, poets and playwrights in our current English syllabus, and make them more conscious, informed and well rounded in their perspectives as they make their way to third level education.

Can We Lose ‘The Lost Heifer’?


Petition here

This afternoon.

Minister for Education Joe McHugh explains ‘his’ decision to cancel the leaving Cert.

There will be four layers to the calculated grades system:

1) An estimation of scores and rankings by a student’s teacher. The teacher will estimate a percentage mark for each student, and also their ranking compared to classmates. This will happen for each individual subject.

2) This will then be subjected to an in-school alignment process, in which subject teachers will work together to finalise their estimated marks and rankings.

3) The school principal will review and sign off on marks, and may return estimated ranking or marks to teachers for further consideration.

4) A process of national standardisation using statistical methods to ensure a common national standard is applied.

What could possibly go wrong?


Leaving Cert exams will not go ahead this summer (RTÉ)




This afternoon.

Further to indecision over whether the leaving Cert should go ahead…

Via The irish Times:

The Irish Times understands that a draft Department of Education plan could involve school principals signing off on a process where teachers award provisional grades based on student performance to date.

These grades would then likely feed into a process where final grades could be awarded using a “bell curve” and other indicators.

This bell curve refers to the practice of adjusting the marking process to ensure a similar proportion of students secure the same numbers of H1s, H2s and H3s each year….


Leaving Cert ‘Plan B’ could see grades based on class rankings (Irish Times)



Yesterday: Grind Down

This afternoon.


Minister for Education Joe McHugh has concluded discussions with parents, teachers, school managers and students over plans to hold the Leaving Cert at the end of July.

A “plan B” option of awarding grades to students, in the event that the exams being cancelled was one of the items on the agenda.

The practicalities of running the exams in the context of social distancing and public health advice were also discussed….

Leaving Cert: No decision on exams following meeting (irish Times)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh

This morning.

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced that Leaving Cert students studying languages will receive full marks for the oral section of exams that were due to be held in Irish and modern European languages.

The oral exams were due to begin on March 23 but have now been cancelled.

Students will also get full marks for their oral exams in Leaving Cert Irish and French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese; practical performance tests in Leaving Cert Music; practical performance tests in Junior Cert Music and Home Economics.

Journalist Richard Chambers, of Virgin Media News, asked Mr McHugh, in light of the move, if students will still be able to change their exam level, lending to gaining more points, and he said no, explaining:

“To be very clear, we’re going to get rid of all that excitement around that. That won’t happen because you’re correct in saying, on the morning of the exam, people can make the change. Normally I think it’s about 10% go from higher to lower and there is a small cohort that go from ordinary level to higher level, but the people made the decision.

“The CAO has that decision, that’s the one that stays, where they’ve indicated their preference for higher or ordinary, that’s the one that sticks. So that option is not there.”

Watch the press conference back in full here

Earlier: He Brought You The Gathering

Stop that.

This morning/afternoon.

Pics 1-3 Loretto College, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Pics 3-6 Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin

A pinch of the almost 59,000 students – some not jumping – who are receiving the results of their Leaving Certificate examinations today.

Rote learning rocks.

How did you do?

Leaving Cert results 2019: Honours paper take up soars in drive for points (Independent.ie)

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews


More than 120,000 students will start their Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams

Teresa Bell, Deputy Regional Director for Samaritans in Ireland, writes:

“The exam season can be an incredibly stressful time for students, their parents, other family members and even teachers.

…We appeal to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed because of exam pressure, or who is worried about someone else, to contact Samaritans for free from any phone on 116 123.”



‘Leaving Again’

A new documentary with YouTube star Stephen Byrne re-sitting his Leaving Cert airing tonight on RTÉ One.

Melanie O’Connor writes:

Nine years after broadcaster Stephen Byrne sat his Leaving Cert, he decided to do the unthinkable and sit the exam all over again!

In this personal and honest one-hour documentary, 27-year-old Byrne returns to school to attempt the same seven subjects he studied the first time around.

He describes his 2009 Leaving Cert year as one of the worst year’ of his life. He had moved school, was coming to terms with his sexuality…

…Mix that with a normal helping of teenage angst and you’ve got a recipe for Leaving Cert disaster

‘Leaving Again’ on RTÉ One at 10.15pm.

Over 57,000 students receive Leaving Certificate results (RTÉ)


Last year’s sweater.

Worth a repeat?

Suit yourselves.

Thanks Vinnie Steve Heighway