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Barnardos To Tell Oireachtas Cttee That Only 26% Of School Leavers From Disadvantaged Areas Go To 3rd Level.

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It's calling for the Leaving Cert to be reformed to better engage disadvantaged children.

Only 26 per cent of school-leavers in disadvantaged areas go to college.

Barnardos will tell the Oireachtas Education Committee, on which sits Kildare Fianna Fáil Senator, Fiona O'Loughlin, that compares to 90 to 100 per cent in well-off areas.

It's calling for the Leaving Cert to be reformed to better engage disadvantaged children.

Chief executive Suzanne Connolly says there should be more practical subjects.

Suzanne Connolly says the Leaving Cert needs to be reformed to better engage these children

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