Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon says he was shocked to discover that there are NO Leaving Cert Applied options available for secondary school students in Co. Leitrim. Deputy Scanlon has called on the Minister for Education to look into the situation.
He raised the issue with the Taoiseach during Order of Business in the Dáil this week.
Deputy Scanlon explained, “I find it incredible that a recognised State curriculum is completely unavailable to students in Co. Leitrim. Page 79 of the Programme for Government states, “we must ensure that every young person leaving school can move seamlessly to a job, training or education, no-one [should have to] graduate onto welfare”. However, the Government is obviously not adhering to its own commitments.
“I have been contacted by a concerned parent in south Leitrim whose child attends school there and whose educational psychologist has recommended that the student should be enrolled on a Leaving Cert Applied course. However, the school that the student attends does not provide the course. After further investigation I discovered that NO school in Co. Leitrim offers the Leaving Cert Applied curriculum.
“I have checked the records from last year – there were 48 courses in Sligo, 79 in Galway, 73 in Mayo and 136 in Donegal but none in Leitrim. This is not an acceptable situation. Students in Leitrim are losing out.
“I am calling on the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to rectify this situation and ensure that all students have access to the Leaving Cert Applied, irrespective of where they live”.