John Drennan: Quinn to axe points race by 2014
Minister wants concrete alternatives, not 'wishy washy studies and reviews'
THE much-criticised points system for third-level college entry may be abolished by as early as 2014.
The Sunday Independent has learnt that in what was described as "part of a major reform agenda" one of the priorities of the new Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is to abolish the points system as swiftly as possible.
In a major signal of intent at a private meeting last week, Mr Quinn told the heads of Ireland's seven major universities to devise an alternative system of admission to replace the much-criticised points system.