Thursday 21 September 2017

Schools and industry must plan together – Microsoft

Microsoft's head of education in Ireland says schools, business and industry should talk to each other more about what they each want, writes Katherine Donnelly.

Dr Kevin Marshall said there was a need to build a model of education that would embed the skills that students required for life and work in a world "where we don't know what is going to happen".

He said children being born today could live into the next century and they had to be equipped for that.

Calling for greater collaboration, Dr Marshall said schools and colleges needed to understand what skills school-leavers and graduates needed. But schools could not do it on their own and needed support from employers, he told a forum on education at NUI Maynooth.

Professor Richard Pring of Oxford University told the forum that an educated school-leaver must be measured by more than academic achievement and education must instil a morality and a virtue of 'caring' for others and society.

Irish Independent

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