The Leaving Certificate

Sir, – I don’t understand all the hysteria over the Leaving Cert. It’s like a race on a muddy track. As long as everyone is running on the same track, it’s a fair race. Well, everyone taking the exam has been through the same stress of the pandemic and the same lack of teaching. All the points will be lower. But it doesn’t matter. What’s important isn’t the number of points, it’s where each student comes in the ranking.

Every year, whether there’s a pandemic or not, there is an outcry over the Leaving Cert exam. This year is no different. The Leaving Cert is still the best method to make sure that who you are and who you know doesn’t determine what course you’re offered. – Yours, etc,