Kerry councillor calls on Minister to urgently address deferred Leaving Cert student issue

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A Kerry County Councillor is urging the Higher Education Minister to urgently revisit the issue of students who deferred going to third level after sitting the Leaving Cert in 2019.

Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald, who is a secondary school teacher, has been contacted by a number of students in recent days who are very upset at how this year’s exams transpired.

The Fianna Fáil councillor says the inflation of grades and the subsequent increase in points means that those who sat the Leaving Cert in 2019 may now not be able to go to third level or have to take a course they don’t want.

Cllr Fitzgerald says we need to start thinking outside the box quickly when it comes to this issue and it will require co-operation from all third level institutions:

Meanwhile, the PRO of the Institute of Guidance Councillors of Ireland, Niamh O’Dwyer is encouraging students to be aware of important deadlines this week: