Skip to main content

Tá tú anseo:

Office of Children’s Ombudsman Welcomes Decision to Cancel Leaving Certificate Exams

The Children’s Ombudsman, Dr Niall Muldoon, has welcomed the decision by Government today to cancel the Leaving Certificate exams.

Dr Muldoon said, “Some 61,000 students have faced considerable uncertainty surrounding their exams over the past number of weeks and months and I am glad to see a final decision being made. I appreciate it was not an easy decision to make and many young people will be disappointed, but ultimately, I support today’s decision and believe it has been made in the best interest of young people throughout Ireland.

“It is up to us all now to support students in the alternative arrangements and ensure they go on to the next stage of their education, or the first stage of their working lives, with confidence.”

The Children’s Ombudsman called for clarity in early April and subsequently wrote to Minister for Education Joe McHugh on April 17th. The Minister met with Dr Niall Muldoon on Wednesday to discuss the Ombudsman’s concerns.