‘Leaving cert reforms’ welcomed

Changes to the Leaving Certificate timetable introduced by the Education Minister this week have been welcomed by local Fianna Fáil TD Michael Finneran. Deputy Finneran said that the reforms represent the most student-centered reform of the exams timetable in decades and will make the timetable more student-friendly. ‘These reforms translate into less writing time in the first few days of the leaving certificate examination. Because of the previous running order of the Leaving Certificate, students were required to do a considerable amount of writing in the first couple of days of the examination. ‘Now, virtually every student will get a half day or two over the first few days of the exams under the new, agreed revised timetable. This is a very important reform. Exams are always going to be stressful, but these changes make for a more student-friendly timetable. ‘The new mix of concentrated writing papers with mathematical or scientific papers is a direct response to the students who themselves told Minister Hanafin that reform was required. ‘She has promised to meet again with students after next summer’s exams to discuss the reforms with them and to consider any further suggestions they may have. I would like to congratulate the Minister on the reforms and I hope that they will make the experience of sitting the Leaving Certificate a less stressful experience for students,’ he concluded.