The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland has again said that the Leaving Cert exams should run as normal in June, despite a call for it to be called off this year.

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland has again said that the Leaving Cert exams should run as normal in June, despite a call for it to be called off this year.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne the unions President Anne Piggot said students are not in the classroom because of level of virus transmission and that students and teachers will be returning to the classroom as soon as possible.
And she said there was a long way to go to June.
Ms Piggot said that it seems quite unusual that someone from the Minister for Education’s party should be calling for the cancellation of the state exams, particularly when the Minister has committed to them going ahead.
Those comments were in response to Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley who said that it would be the “best worst option” if the Leaving Certificate was cancelled this year.
Also speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, he said this was a traumatic time for the class of 2021 who already missed three months of classroom interaction last year.
Mr Dooley said he knows that teachers and students are trying to handle online learning but it is a big ask for many people.
He pointed out that some students suffer from a lack of equipment while others learn better in a classroom setting.
Timmy Dooley said the virus is at a very advanced stage and it is highly unlikely that students will enjoy the same face to face teaching time that would ordinarily take place between now and June.
We should call it and call it fairly quickly, he said.
Ms Piggot said modifications have been made for the Leaving Certificate and that there are several problems with calculated grades.
It’s better if we can commit to the exams, she said.
She said the ASTI wants all students back in school and will return to the classroom as soon as it is safe.
The Minister for Education Norma Foley is due to take questions in the Dáil today on the state  exams and plans to reopen schools next month.