O’DWYER CALLS ON LOCAL SECOND LEVEL STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN LEAVING CERT REFORM CONSULTATION
Chris O’Dwyer, The Labour Party’s Local Area Representative in Clondalkin-Rathcoole is asking second level students to engage in the Labour Party’s consultation on the reform of the leaving certificate.
“My Party colleague Aodhan O’Riordain TD has been one of the loudest voices for students in the Dail in relation to education and specifically the two State Examination. The Labour Party has been holding the Minister to account and has been a constant advocate for students that were due to sit the exams in June.
“We are launching a consultation survey to make sure that the voices of students in second level education are heard. It is very important we shape our response to the upcoming Oireachtas Education Committee’s hearings on reform, based on the expressed desires of students.
“We are hearing anecdotal evidence from higher education institutions that this year’s first years are performing much better than had been anticipated, given their experience of home studying. Institutions are highlighting the fundamental resilience of our young people to adapt to new ways of learning and engaging with material.
“We need an education system that works for our young people; one that develops skills and pathways to a range of options for graduates from apprentices to PLCs to university. We must be guided by our young people in this process.
“Students have made sure that their voices were heard when it came to the examinations in 2020 and 2021, it is vital that they make sure that their voices continue to be heard all through the reform process.