Education faces a new test
FOR all its critics, the Irish educational system gets more right than wrong. But a hardy perennial, when it comes to complaints, is the cry that our second-level schools teach by rote and that stressed students, in both the junior and senior cycles, resort to cramming in the home straight.
Yesterday Education Minister Ruairi Quinn announced a radical shake-up of the junior cycle by heralding the scrapping of the Junior Certificate, replacing it with a system of continuous assessment.
As much as 40pc of the assessment of each subject will be based on schoolwork and the rest in the shape of written exams by teachers.