Archive for 20 August 2010

Boys just want to have fun?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“RTÉ today carried the shock news that girls outperform boys in the Leaving Certificate. To be fair the article notes that this is not new and is observed internationally. What I am not aware of is evidence (and no, anecdotes – even from taxi-drivers – do not count) on why this is so …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 20 August]

Girls outperform boys in Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“Girls have outperformed boys in the Leaving Certificate exams once again this year. Data compiled by the State Examinations Commission shows girls achieving more As, Bs and Cs than boys across almost all subjects and levels …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 August]

The message from the third level: this can’t go on

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“I am going to say some critical things about the government in a moment, but I want to temper that and put it in context first. The story of higher education in Ireland over the past 15 years or so is not an altogether bad one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 August]

Experts concerned over bonus for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“There was no evidence to suggest the introduction of bonus CAO points would attract greater numbers to sit the higher level Leaving Cert maths exam, an expert group recently told Minister for Education Mary Coughlan …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 20 August]

High failure in maths isn’t even the half of it

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“Until grade inflation is brought more fully under control, multinationals won’t be able to trust our exam systems. Why exactly does the Department of Education believe that introducing bonus points for Leaving Cert maths will improve standards? The more likely outcome is that those who are already good at the subject will simply get more points without helping those who are currently failing it …” (more)

[David Quinn, Independent, 20 August]

Third-level fees and charges

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Minister for Education Mary Coughlan is being very unfair to families in not ruling out a further hike in college registration fees in the next Budget …” (more)

[Dani Pender, Irish Times, 20 August]

Science Foundation Ireland chief confirms departure from post

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“The head of Ireland’s largest research funding body Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is to resign his post and move to take up a new appointment in Australia at the beginning of next year …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 20 August]

NI students outshine those from England and Wales in A-level results

Posted in Life with tags on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“Students from Northern Ireland have again outscored their equivalents in England and Wales. Results published yesterday show nearly 10 per cent of the 12,000 students who sat A-level papers in June scored the new top grade of A* …” (more)

[Dan Keenan, Irish Times, 20 August]

Improvements in grant application should speed up payments

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 20 August 2010 by Steve

“The process of securing a grant payment can be frustrating for students. But for the Class of 2010, the prospect of getting your grant on time is much improved because of major changes recently introduced in the application process …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 20 August]