Fintan O’Toole: There is no utopian alternative to the Leaving Cert

Six months ago, schools and colleges closed. What have we learned since?

Covid-19 has reminded us that if schools are not open, neither society nor the economy can function properly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Covid-19 has reminded us that if schools are not open, neither society nor the economy can function properly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The pandemic is a teacher and among the things it has been teaching us about is education itself. Six months ago today, the then taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that “schools, colleges, and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow. Where possible, teaching will be done online or remotely.” 

The schools and childcare facilities are now open again and, after this week’s Leaving Certificate results, the colleges are busily allocating places before resuming later this month. 

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