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GraduatesA Tralee-based guidance counsellor says he is concerned by the fall off in applications for Arts and Humanities’ degrees.

The comments come as around 2,000 Kerry Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied and Leaving Cert Vocational Programme students are considering further education offers today.

Billy Ryle says there has been relentless pressure on students and parents to opt for courses in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) along with 25 bonus points being offered for Honours Maths.

He says this means applicants lose confidence in the employment value of the liberal arts.

Mr Ryle says students should enjoy the course they choose:


Meanwhile, Billy Ryle says Kerry students are keeping up their reputation for consistently delivering outstanding results in the State exams.

Mr Ryle says on a pro rata population basis Kerry will probably have the highest take up of college places in the entire country: