This year's Leaving Cert students should once again be offered the choice between predicted grades and sitting the written exams.

That's the view of Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway-Walsh, who was reacting to reports this morning that the State Examinations Commission has ruled out a hybrid option this year.

The Irish Times reports that the option of accredited grades or a written exam isn't being considered, due to the cancellation of the Junior Cert in 2020.

The information from the Junior Cert was seen as crucial in helping teachers grade students for the senior cycle exams over the past two years.

But Deputy Conway-Walsh believes a student's results over 5th and 6th year should be a sufficient basis for accredited grades.

She also believes offering students a choice would relieve the pressure on this cohort, who have experienced severe Covid-related disruption, and she says the process of returning inflated grades to pre-Covid levels should be done over a 3-year period, rather than in one year.

The Erris-based TD says ruling out a hybrid option for this year's Leaving Cert is not fair on the class of 2022...


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