Better teaching, better results
MARY COUGHLAN brought the full force of her breezy, cheery personality to bear on the problems of the education system on the day that 58,000 students received their Leaving Certificate results -- to the joy of most, but the despair of too many.
The Education Minister announced that there will be no reintroduction of third-level tuition fees. She refused to commit herself on the issue of registration fees, but it looks extremely likely that these will rise, perhaps by a substantial amount, in the academic year 2011-12.
Yesterday, more attention was engaged by a third statement -- her intention to announce bonus points for mathematics. This is a hugely controversial question. Already the academic councils of University College, Cork, and NUI, Galway, have announced their opposition to the move. They will now seek a consensus with the other universities.