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Visually impaired Roscommon student highlights Leaving Cert concerns

Apr 20, 2022 13:04 By Shannonside News
Visually impaired Roscommon student highlights Leaving Cert concerns Visually impaired Roscommon student highlights Leaving Cert concerns
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Shane says the procedures for those with visual impairments taking part in the Irish Oral Exam mean significantly more work in an already stressful time.

A Roscommon student believes he is being discriminated against when it comes to the Leaving cert due to his visual impairment.

Shane Early is a 5th year student at Roscommon Community College and is due to complete his Leaving Cert Examination next year.

However Shane, who has been blind since birth, says current procedures for those with visual impairments taking the Irish Oral exam, mean he faces significantly more work when compared to his sighted classmates.

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According to the Roscommon Student, the State Examination Board is requiring him to memorize the contents of 20 Sraith pictuirs before discussing one selected by the examiner.

This will result in a significant amount of extra work according to Shane and is something not faced by his classmates.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, Shane say's other students across the country have been presented with fairer options.

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He says while his school has supported him at every step, it's up to the State Examinations Board to ensure equality:

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