Leave exams alone
•Education Minister Ruari Quinn is (predictably) calling for a drastic revision of our examination system, with a large increase of in-school continuous assessment, at the very time when our neighbour is taking steps to go back to exams.
A senior government minister in England called this year for the abandonment of continuous assessment -- making his comments during the actual exam season.
The problems of continuous assessment are obvious to anyone who will stop and think. Exams are (obviously) not perfect, but they are completely fair if they are externally marked. Our State Examination Commission has developed a procedure that is as close to foolproof as could be imagined.