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Calls Being Made For Leaving Cert Exams To Be Sat On Saturdays

By Darragh Berry

April 20, 2018 at 3:00pm


The Irish Times is reporting that school principals are asking for Leaving Cert exams to be held on Saturdays to help ease the pressure on students. 

There are 70 students who are faced with the task of sitting three exams in a single day in this summer's exams. 

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals believes that this number will continue to rise when Computer Science and PE are added to the curriculum.

Clive Byrne, director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, has said that exams either need to be held on Saturdays or the papers need to be generally shorter. 

“Three exams in one day is appalling. It amounts to enormous stress on students. If exams are to remain in the traditional two-and-half week timeframe, we should look at holding them on Saturdays.

“Alternatively. shorter exams should be examined. If a student has to sit three exams, they could be three one-and-a-half hour exams," Byrne said. 

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