Leaving Cert should be postponed until autumn, says Seanad candidate

There are calls for the Leaving Cert and college exams to be deferred until the autumn because of the coronavirus.

Schools and colleges are shut until the end of the month for now to contain the spread of the infection.

Peter Finnegan an Independent Candidate for Seanad Eireann thinks the Leaving Cert and other exams should be postponed until September.

"I would be looking at September as a target date so at least people have a date that they are working towards," said Mr Finnegan.

"It takes pressure off teachers, it takes pressure off parents and it focuses the young people that are sitting them on September as a date."

Mr Finnegan said that he would also look at September for colleges and universities to sit their final exams.

This article was amended at 2.30pm.

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