Want to re­visit the Pri­mary Cert?

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

HALF a cen­tury ago the last Pri­mary Cert ex­ams were held in Ire­land and, to re­mem­ber those test­ing times, for­mer Scoil Cill Mhic a’ Dhomh­naigh prin­ci­pal Seán Ó Catháin hopes to or­gan­ise a re­union of those who sat the exam in 1967, be­fore go­ing on to se­cond level ed­u­ca­tion or out into the world of work.

The abo­li­tion of the exam co­in­cided with the in­tro­duc­tion of free ed­u­ca­tion, mak­ing 1967 an his­toric year for ed­u­ca­tion in Ire­land. How­ever, the abo­li­tion of the Pri­mary Cert is lamented to this day, and it is fre­quently ar­gued that peo­ple were bet­ter able to read, write and do their sums when they faced a test at the end of pri­mary school.

On the on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rum, pol­i­tics.ie, a re­cent com­men­ta­tor ar­gues that: “Ir­ish third level lec­tur­ers com­plain that many stu­dents are not coached in ba­sic gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion, spell­ing and es­say writ­ing… One so­lu­tion would be restora­tion of the Pri­mary Cer­tifi­cate. Many ed­u­ca­tors say that would prove too stress­ful for chil­dren but go­ing through life semi lit­er­ate for lack of rig­or­ous in­struc­tion is far more stress­ful.”

The truth, or oth­er­wise, of that claim would no doubt make good fod­der for dis­cus­sion at the re­union Seán hopes to or­gan­ise.

“If you were one of the pupils who sat that fa­mous ex­am­i­na­tion in 1967 or there­abouts we would like to hear from you with a view to or­gan­is­ing a re­union to re­live those mem­o­ries and maybe have an­other go at that exam,”said Seán.

Seán asks peo­ple to spread the word and con­tact him at 086 8044416 or seanocathain6@gmail.com.

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