Tsunami of students set to crash into third level
Ireland is facing a "demographic tsunami" in the education system in the coming years as tens of thousands of students reach college age, according to a senior education official.
Applications for college entry have already topped 73,000 this year – almost 10,000 more than there were in 2008.
These figures will continue to increase as a result of the baby boom in the late 1990s and rising demand for third-level qualifications.
The official said: "There is a tsunami coming through primary and secondary, and it will soon crash on third level.
"Unless the number of places is increased there will be a points race like we have never seen before."
Our fashion desk has delivered an update on international dress codes for teachers.
A few weeks back we reported about concerns expressed in the Russian parliament about "short skirts" and "bright make-up" among teachers (as if they didn't have enough on their plate with those uppity Ukrainians).
In Britain, there are similar moves to purge "scruffy teachers". The Office of Standards in Education is to issue guidelines on "the standard of professional dress'' of trainee teachers.
The new regime is reported to favour suits, shirts and ties for men, and smart skirts or dresses for women. The sort of teacher who turns up in faded jeans and a Che Guevara t-shirt will be frowned upon.
Would Ruairi Quinn send similar crack teams of inspectors into Irish schools to root out the T-shirt menace?