Mary Immaculate Secondary School

Protecting Our Leaving Certificate Students' Wellbeing

Protecting Our Leaving Certificate Students' Wellbeing

Today, 7th May 2020, the Department of Education and Skills hosted the seventh meeting of the Advisory Group of education stakeholders as part of planning in relation to the State Examinations during the Covid-19 response. The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, attended the meeting.

As a part of the key stakeholders represented by our managerial body the JMB, we at Mary Immaculate along with all secondary schools, are very aware of the intense speculation that surrounds the Leaving Certificate examinations and the requirement that appropriate decisions are taken in a timely manner.

This Advisory Group continued its discussions on the practicalities of holding the examinations, given the constraints of social distancing and other measures that may be required, based on the available medical advice.

The Group also discussed alternative assessment models.

As has been reported, the discussions are highly complex, and participants have been asked to maintain confidentiality.

I urge parents and leaving certificate students to hold off on listening to, and refrain from reading unofficial media speculation on this matter. This type of speculative reporting is not helpful to students' wellbeing or overall mental health.

The JMB had advised school Principals on Tuesday that it may take some time before a definitive statement will be made by the Minister of Education.

We at Mary Immaculate sincerely care about our students' wellbeing, especially now at this time, and we urge students to avoid too much unhelpful media debate.

Our representatives will continue to actively engage in these discussions and once we have an official definitive announcement from the Minster, we will continue to progress from there.

We greatly appreciate the uncertainty that exists on this matter, and be assured, the Advisory group will continue to work towards a resolution that is workable, fair and comprehensive and in the best interests of all our students, staff and families.


Mona Hynes

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