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uprooted: education in a post-covid world

As this issue goes to print I’ll be going through the process of cramming for the Leaving Certificate, a set of exams you’ve probably not sat in ages but have had appear in anxiety-ridden nightmares. These exams serve as a glorified sieve for third level – supposedly filtering students into limited college courses on the basis of merit. This merit is backed by supposed anonymity – we all fill out the same papers, somehow making the whole process meritocratic. Nobody particularly likes the Leaving Cert but it somehow lingers on – if anything just because people are deathly scared of altering it. […] 

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