Wednesday 18 October 2017

Tony Donohue: Junior cycle reform a chance to put the student first

Test results can be an important element of assessment but we shouldn't be still treating the Junior Certificate as an end-of-school qualification.
Test results can be an important element of assessment but we shouldn't be still treating the Junior Certificate as an end-of-school qualification.

Tony Donohue

A new working group on reform of the long-standing Junior Certificate, which meets tomorrow week, has the potential to be an important milestone in, or a significant obstacle to, the fundamental reform of second-level education.

The working group was established by Government following concerns raised by teaching unions during the Haddington Road Agreement discussions on a new junior cycle curriculum, which is due to be phased in over eight years.

In many ways, it is regrettable that that teaching and curriculum reforms became enmeshed in an industrial relations dispute. However, many teachers have legitimate concerns about how changes will be introduced in schools.

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