How to lockdown-proof our education system
What are the best and worst scenarios, and how can education work through lockdown?
How can we make sure our education system works for students, teachers and parents during this lockdown? Photograph: Getty
Worst-case scenario: Long-term closures mean sixth-year students do not return to the classroom. Equity concerns grow over the number of students who lose out due to limited access to devices, broadband or study space. Many schools struggle to deliver quality remote tuition due to lack of training and investment.
A political determination to hold the traditional Leaving Cert at all costs turns into a move to delay the exams until later in the summer, followed by a late decision to establish a calculated grades system once again. There is anxiety, confusion and recrimination all around.