Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne has written to the Education Minister to seek clarity in relation to the rearranged Leaving Certificate exam.

Plans to delay the exams until late July or August were announced last week but parents and students still have many unanswered questions surrounding the exams.

Deputy Byrne said: “I have written to the Minister to ask for a detailed briefing on the public heath advice that the Department is working from. I have asked that this include details of the specific advice received from the CMO and the Emergency Committee which allowed the Department to conclude that the Leaving Certificate exams can be safely scheduled for July/August. 

“I have also asked for details of the continuity of learning, equality and mental health appraisals which informed the plan for July/August. I am concerned from hearing the public commentary of the teachers’ unions as to what exact consultations have taken place with unions and what arrangements have been made in respect of summer school time for leaving certificate students. Students and parents need clarity on this as soon as possible.

“The Minister needs to clearly set out the arrangements which now need to be put in place for the rescheduled exams,” concluded Deputy Byrne.