January 23, 2021

‘Just set a date for Leaving Cert’ – Wicklow TD calls for uncertainty to end

Fianna Fáil Health spokesman Stephen Donnelly has called on the Government to end the nightmare of uncertainty for Wicklow students and set a date for the Leaving Certificate.

Last week the Government announced the State Exam would go ahead in August but then added to the uncertainty by suggesting the exams could in fact be pushed back to July.

Deputy Donnelly said he had been inundated with calls from concerned students and their parents from across Wicklow asking for more certainty.

Students with learning difficulties have raised concerns they will not receive adequate supports under the new schedule.

And many are worried how this will have a knock on effect on their ability to secure their place in university for next year.

“I am calling on the Government to set a date for the Leaving Cert because at the moment there is no real certainty about what is happening,” said Deputy Donnelly.

“Students and their parents from across Wicklow have contacted my office to say the uncertainty is having a negative impact on their mental health.

“One student said she has been left ‘scared, angry and upset’ over the way the exam issue has been handled.”


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