Next year’s Leaving Cert students ‘need latitude’ after school closures

Education authorities are being urged to give next year’s Leaving Cert students a greater choice of questions in the exams to help make up for lost teaching time.

Teachers’ unions have warned some schools will struggle to complete the curriculum by the end of next year due to school closures and say students should be given greater flexibility in light of this.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the State’s advisory body on the curriculum, is examining Leaving Cert subjects to identify whether changes may be needed in light of disruption caused by Covid-19.

Séamus Laharte, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, said a “common sense” solution involved providing more flexibility for students at exam time.