Archive for 18 August 2010

The Leaving Cert is not Education

Posted in teaching with tags on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“The Leaving Certificate results are out today. It is appropriate that there is something of a debate going on about whether or not we should reform the system. Education underpins the economy. Investment in education is the single best way for a Government to increase the earning potential of an individual …” (more)

[Nat O’Connor, progressive-economy@TASC, 18 August]

Coughlan to introduce Leaving Cert bonus points in 2012

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Bonus points for better grades in Leaving Certificate maths could be introduced in two years, Tánaiste and minister for Education Mary Coughlan revealed today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 August]

Wishy-washy Coughlan spreads more confusion on maths bonus points – O’Dowd

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Mary Coughlan has once again spread confusion regarding maths bonus points by saying today (Wednesday) that she would be in favour of bonuses for the 2012 Leaving Cert but failing to state whether or not such a system will be introduced for 2012, according to Fine Gael Education & Skills Spokesman, Fergus O’Dowd TD …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 18 August]

Smart Economy a pipedream if Govt ignores Bonus Points for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“The disappointing leaving cert results in maths and science are yet more proof that bonus points are urgently required in these areas, Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD warned …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 18 August]

Top student criticises rote system

Posted in teaching with tags on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“A student who achieved seven A1s in his Leaving Cert today said the focus on rote learning in the syllabus makes the examinations considerably more difficult …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 18 August]

Equipped to emigrate

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) advises that a degree is no longer enough, a post graduate qualification and some experience is now the minimum demanded by most international employers. According to Liz Hughes, Head of ACCA Ireland, ‘Emigration seems to have become a reality once again in Ireland. However it can be seen as a positive career enhancing and life positive move …'” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 18 August]

Maths teachers need tech industry help

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Because industries like technology attract the best and the brightest the problem of non-qualified teachers teaching honours maths needs to be arrested with industry help, Engineers Ireland said today …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 18 August]

10% failure in pass maths a source of national embarrassment – Healy Eames

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, today (Wednesday) said the issues surrounding the number of Leaving Cert students who are failing, not just honours but pass maths in their Leaving Cert exam has to be tackled much earlier if we are to turn around the number of students who are performing so poorly in the subject …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 18 August]

Jobs announced in 160 departments at CIT

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has launched a major recruitment drive. The organisation is taking on part-time lecturers, who will be available to teach during the academic years 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 August]

Tánaiste congratulates students on 2010 Leaving Certificate results

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, today congratulated students, parents and teachers following the release of the Leaving Certificate examination results for 2010. ‘Students across the country getting their results today should be proud of their achievements in the Leaving Certificate examinations, and look forward to the future with confidence’, said the Tánaiste …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 18 August]

High fail rates in Leaving Cert science, maths courses

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“High failure rates in maths, science and business subjects are the most striking feature of the Leaving Cert results published this morning …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 18 August]

Minister misses point entirely

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“It is difficult to understand how Education Minister Mary Coughlan could summarily dismiss suggestions that the Leaving Cert points system for third-level entry be reassessed. In doing so, she dismisses the views of employers, school principals, the Association of Secondary Teachers (ASTI) and the chair of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) …” (more)

[Independent, 18 August]

Coughlan rules out fees but not charges

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Third-level fees are off the agenda and will remain so during the Government’s lifetime, Minister for Education Mary Coughlan said yesterday. However, in a move to reassure students and parents over the fees issue, she again failed to rule out a further increase from 2011 in the €1,500 student registration charge …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 August]

Time for talking is over: the points system needs reform

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Mary Coughlan says the present points system is the ‘fairest way’ for selecting third-level entry but the evidence suggests otherwise. It’s not fair if you are a boy and have less chance of taking a subject at higher level. It’s not fair if you are a girl and more likely to suffer stress …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 18 August]

Graduate emigration?

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Earlier this week I looked at the data, as much as there is, on graduate unemployment in Ireland, based on figures released for those who graduated in 2008. Also during this week we have been hearing quite a bit about graduate emigration …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 August]

University debate hots up on Facebook as Raine asks Kenny to clarify policy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“A clear and unequivocal statement on how a Fine Gael led Government would elevate Waterford Institute of technology to a university will be sought from Enda Kenny when he visits the city in three weeks time …” (more)

[Marion O’Mara, Waterford News and Star, 17 August]

Leaving Cert reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“The Leaving Certificate results published today present a now familiar pattern: an unsatisfactory level of failure rates in maths and science subjects and, more broadly, a very strong performance by the great majority of students taking higher level papers. It is clear that the Leaving Cert exam itself is facing what might be termed a ‘mid-life crisis’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 August]

No plans to change Leaving, despite ERSI study linking exam to stress

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Tánaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan said today that there are no plans to overhaul the Leaving Certificate system, despite calls from various interest and pressure groups to have the examination overhauled and re-examined …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 17 August]

Our universities fail to make the world’s top 200

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“Irish universities have again failed to make the top 200 in the world, according to the latest international rankings. Trinity and UCD are unchanged, while UCC has dropped to between 400-500 of the world’s best universities …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 18 August]

Parents concerned at students holidaying prior to CAO offers

Posted in Life with tags , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“A parents’ organisation has expressed concern over the number of Leaving Certificate students departing on celebratory holidays prior to the CAO offers, as tour operators mark an increase in bookings. Thousands of students are expected to depart for the Balearic, Canary and Greek islands this weekend to celebrate their Leaving Cert results …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 18 August]