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'What do other students do while State exams are held in September?' asks ex-education advisor

State exams may now be held in late summer or autumn because of the coronavirus.

09/04/2020 10:30:00

'What do other students do if State exams are held in September?' asks ex-education advisor

State exams may now be held in late summer or autumn because of the coronavirus.

Students alternatively may be assessed by predictive marking, but worries surround this option as it has never been done before in Ireland.John Walshe, former advisor to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, has said holding the State exams in the autumn will be challenging.

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Mr Walshe said:"The first option is that they start as scheduled on the 3rd of June, the next option is moving them to July or August, obviously you'd have to get buy-in from managers and unions on that."The big difficulty about moving them into September of October is that you have to close the schools effectively for three weeks while you are running the exams to get the peace and quiet.

What will you do with the 70,000 students who are due to transfer from primary level into second level?The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 235, after a further 25 people were confirmed to have lost their lives, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.

There are now 6,074 diagnosed cases of the virus.Chief medical officer Tony Holohan said the growth rate of the virus needs to reduce significantly before restrictions are lifted.Dr Holohan said:"We're not anticipating a change in the short term in terms of these arrangements.

"We are still seeing improvement in terms of the rate of growth of this particular infection, so as where it was around 33%, we have flattened the wave significantly."We need to get that down to zero or as close to zero as possibly can. We are still seeing improvement, but we need more improvement and that's the reason I'm saying these measures need to stay in place."

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In the uk schools are actually open and classes running whilst state exams are on. Why shouldn’t this happen here? Will LeoVaradkar ever, for the love of god, just pass them all, let colleges do entry exams if needs be and stop leaving the LC 2020 students dangling by a thread. It is another farce that FineGael are not able to make a decision on. No leadership from LeoVaradkar at all

Countries across globe postpone or cancel state examsBy yesterday, according to Unesco, schools and universities had been closed in a total of 188 countries. And many of them are now grappling with the same question facing Ireland; what to do about the State exams?, writes emma_okelly emma_okelly Do other countries have an exam like our Junior Cert? I would be interested to know what they have decided for their students studying for that exam. emma_okelly Put them in a field , save distance And there you go perfect problem solved , they done it in other country’s 🤗🤗 emma_okelly You don’t need school to become a celebrity just think of Melania Trump and Kim Kardashian

State exams may be delayed by three monthsState exams may now be held in late summer or autumn because of the coronavirus. Too right. The stress and anxiety these poor students must be feeling, it’s really not a time for exams. Do you seriously think parents are going to be able to get their kids to focus on exams that may or may not be going ahead in 6 months time? Cancel them. Pass everyone and have a college entry test for those going on to third level education. Let the rest move on with their lives You should have thought of a strategy before you shut the fecking schools. You have no predictions and little accountability to these poor students who are just left thrashing about with their futures in the balance.

State exams may be delayed by three monthsState exams may now be held in late summer or autumn because of the coronavirus.

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