Archive for DES

Clarification of review of teachers’ contracts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“The Department of Education and Skills has issued a clarification of its proposed review of the teachers’ contract to the three teachers’ unions. It is hoped the move will encourage teachers to vote for the Croke Park pay and reform agreement …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 May]

Education, skills and training

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

“When the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) reshuffled his cabinet recently, he re-named two government departments; one of these was the (former) Department of Education and Science (which has become the Department of Education and Skills). The ‘and Science’ part of the organisation migrated, at least by implication, to what was the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and is now Enterprise, Trade and Innovation …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 April]

Goodbye Education and Science?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Over recent years I have suggested from time to time that it might be right to look more closely at where ministerial responsibility for higher education might ideally lie. What has tended to prompt this suggestion is that the Department of Education and Science always and predictably focuses on primary and secondary education, and in particular prioritises these sectors when scarce resources have to be distributed …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 February]

Education and Finance clash over approach to Budget cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 15 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Background documents prepared by the Department of Education and the Department of Finance for An Bord Snip provide a fascinating insight into official thinking on education spending. They are essential reading – and a key guide to the future direction of education policy …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 15 September]

Your future in your hands??

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Slipped into the Department of Education and Science’s website on Friday, is a call for submissions to the group charged with developing a National Strategy for Higher Education. The deadline for such submissions is the 19th June. This may well provide an opportunity to make your voice heard. The invitation is summarised below and can be downloaded …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 27 May]

The right Department?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… The Minister’s view expressed above that there is (or should be) a ‘continuum in education’ is not without logic, but in practice the operation of higher education is totally different from that of primary and secondary education. Universities do have education as a part of their core mission, but they are also bodies that address cultural and economic regeneration, enterprise creation, development of intellectual property, and so forth …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 May]

Review of third-level colleges yet to start one year on

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 January 2009 by Steve

“A strategic review of how universities will work to make Ireland a world leader in innovation has yet to begin, almost a year after it was first announced. Yesterday, the Department of Education admitted that a steering group which will conduct a review of our universities has yet to be formed, while the Cabinet has yet to receive terms of reference for the in-depth analysis which could take up to 18 months to complete …” (more)

[Paul Melia, Independent, 19 January]