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Poll: Do you think the Leaving Cert should be scrapped?

An American academic has criticised our second-level senior cycle as “dysfunctional”. Do you agree with him?

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A TOP THIRD-LEVEL academic has said that the Leaving Cert syllabus and exams should be “taken out in a field and blown up”.

Tom Begley, former dean of UCD’s two business schools, told Kathy Foley in today’s Sunday Times that the Leaving Cert doesn’t equip students to problem-solve or to learn independently. He isn’t the first to have criticised the current second-level final assessment.

What do you think? Should the Leaving Certificate syllabus and exams be scrapped altogether?

Poll Results:

Yes, it should be completely replaced by an alternative system (677)
Not scrapped altogether, but changed significantly (617)
No, it's fine as it is (142)

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