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Let’s go back to blackboard on our schools

YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR CALL: John Walshe says Irish education has reached a crossroads

Published 25/02/2010 | 05:00

'Brutal but fair' was the traditional defence of the Leaving Certificate system, but that has now changed
'Brutal but fair' was the traditional defence of the Leaving Certificate system, but that has now changed

THERE is a sense of rising panic about the quality of our education system. A consensus is emerging that it is just not producing the right people with the right mix of skills to meet the current economic and social crisis.

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The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has been saying it for years. It is one of the few voices in the educational wilderness calling for urgent change in the way students are taught and assessed, particularly in secondary schools.

Unfortunately, the debate never really got off the starting blocks. Inevitably, supporters of the status quo argued that the Leaving Cert had high public acceptance and credibility and therefore couldn't be changed.

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