Fine Gael Louth Senator and Seanad spokesperson on education, Jim D’Arcy has called on students choosing subjects for the Leaving Cert to consider languages.
“The fact that 27% of students chose higher level maths and that results have improved in this subject is very positive, but I am concerned by the decline in numbers taking languages.
“49% of students chose French, while only 13% sat the German exam in 2014.This has implications for future foreign investment competitiveness in relation to companies such as PayPal and E-bay, and more generally in relation to marketing and communication needs.
“Spanish and Mandarin are growing in importance and they represent huge opportunities of future employment for those with the correct skills,” said Senator D’Arcy.
“For those who got their results, it can be a difficult day.
“There are amazing opportunities out there and you don’t have to achieve an extraordinary result to move forward in education.
“There are many ways to get to your final destination and for those who are not sure yet of what they would like to do, a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Course in a Further Education College is a good option.
There will be a chance to see exam papers before deciding to appeal. All students who sat their exams at a school must apply for the free viewing service through their schools by Tuesday next 19th August. Scripts will be available for viewing on Friday, 29 August or Saturday, 30 August.
A helpline number 1800 265 165 is available for students with queries or concerns.