Table ‘not accurate’ says principal of top school
EAST Glendalough Principal Alan Cox acknowledges it’s flattering to see the school in the top 25 feeder schools in the country but still insists that such tables aren’t accurate and place undue pressure on students.
‘It’s lovely we did well but I have to say that every school in town is doing a valiant effort to do the best for their students.’
Mr. Cox’s distrust of such lists seems to have some solid foundations, given that 53 pupils who successfully moved on to third level education from East Glendalough actually turns into 54 when the breakdown of the various colleges and universities theymoved on to is examined.
‘That actually gives us a rate of 102 per cent which throws the validity of the whole statistics into doubt. I don’t think these lists are accurate. We are flattered to have sone so well and our leaving certificate classes for the past two years have been very successful. I would have sympathy with the other schools because these lists are often unfair.’
He doesn’t necessarily feel the feeder list puts unwarranted pressure on schools, he certainly feels students can find themselves having to cope with unrealistic expectations and pressures.
‘The list only talks about colleges and universities and that’s unfair,’ stresses Principal Cox.
‘For instance for a learning support student it might make far more sense to go and do something practical like an apprenticeship. I think some students are made to feel like second hand citizens by tables like these.’