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Students’ relief as they get answers about State exams

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FAIR: St Brendan's College Sixth Year student Cillian Hickey said the Leaving Cert decision for the State exams is fair.

By Michelle Crean

 

Locally, news of the changes to the State exams, which includes the cancellation of the sit down Junior Cert exams and a choice of a mix of calculated grades and a traditional sit down exam for Leaving Cert has been positively welcomed.

 

Kacper Bogalecki, Regional Officer for Kerry for the Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU) said that after months of advocating on behalf of students that the Minster for Education "delivered" what was asked as the news was announced on Wednesday evening.

"I think the Minister has delivered. We had asked for three things; Clarity. Choice and Compassion, and I think this announcement delivered on all those points. In our survey, the choice between calculated grades and sitting in-person exams received 81% of the combined first and second preferences (55% first preference, 26% second preference). This indicated to us that students wanted a choice - so they got that."

Overall, he sid that feedback from students since the announcement was very positive, however one concern was that they won't get the result of the calculated grade before the exam.
"We did want that to happen but logistically it doesn't work.. He said that the students' voice will be brought to the table if any issues arise over the coming weeks as the details of the exam process are ironed out.

"We've crossed the hurdle for choice. We will be engaging with the Dept of Education and the stakeholders as new issues may arise. We will keep pushing for a fair process."

Students' reaction

St Brendan's College Sixth Year student Cillian Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser in January that he understood that the "Minister of Education finds herself in between a rock and a hard place" and this week said that the decision made is "the fairest result".

"I believe the decision made to have a choice with the newly named accredited grades and timetabled exams in June is the fairest result from what has been a tormenting 12 months now," he said."Personally I was slightly bewildered by the choice to go ahead with orals and practicals at this late stage but equally confused by the decision to not factor them in if a student elects to choose the new calculated grades format. However, if students are allowed to have a mix of the best results from accredited grades and the written exams I am worried there could be a large rise in points for third level college courses."

[caption id="attachment_36216" align="alignleft" width="403"] RELIEF: Junior Cert student Daniel Murphy from St Brendan's College said that it's a relief to finally have an answer.[/caption]

Junior Cert student Daniel Murphy from St Brendan's College told the Killarney Advertiser that it's a relief to finally have an answer.

"I am delighted that we now have an answer to our questions about the Junior Cert and the Government has made a decision to cancel the exams. So now we can move forward with our studies with clarity and not the worry of do we have or don't we have an exam."

 

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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