Minister misses point entirely
IT is difficult to understand how Education Minister Mary Coughlan could summarily dismiss suggestions that the Leaving Cert points system for third-level entry be reassessed. In doing so, she dismisses the views of employers, school principals, the Association of Secondary Teachers (ASTI) and the chair of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the president of the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Tom Collins.
The head of education policy with the employers' body, IBEC, has said business needs an education system that produces individuals who are adaptable and can think for themselves and that the Leaving Cert, with its stultifying points race, fails to delver this.
The president of ASTI has called for reform of the second-level system, including additional forms of assessment at the Leaving Cert, with practical work, projects and oral and aural tests.