Getting rid of the Junior Cert?

Today’s Sunday Tribune has an article suggesting that the Junior Certificate exams could be “axed to save €30”. Is that really a good idea though?

While the Junior Cert isn’t really worth much on its own, it is a valuable testing ground for students and a practice for the Leaving Cert. I know the tests and that are shoter for the Junior Cert, but if we abolish it, students wouldnt have a clue what to expect going into the Leaving Cert.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has been sent off to a report, and it is due to report back before the end of the year. Will this report be implemented or will it be sidelined like all the others?

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

One thought on “Getting rid of the Junior Cert?”

  1. This is unfair and cruel, to the students who have recently struggled through the junior cert ’11. Stephen makes a very good point that if we did not sit the Junior Cert it would have a bad effect on our Leaving Certs, after all, people can see from their junior results where they need to improve and also how to study and what to expect. I won’t be very happy if they get rid of it. not at all. A

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