Opinion Colum Kenny

Monday 20 November 2017

Colum Kenny: Educators are leaving pupils short-changed

School-leavers are ill-prepared for life after classroom and reform is needed now, writes Colum Kenny

WHAT are we doing to our young people? Unemployed, emigrating, scared. Where is the urgent national debate about what we want them to learn at school for life? Is Ireland today capable of radical and urgent reform at any level?

Last week's second round of offers of college places has resulted in little change. But the problem is much worse than a shortage of college places and jobs. If the education system is fit for purpose, then someone needs to explain clearly what that purpose is.

More than three in every five school leavers are taking the honours paper in English. So why is it that so many of these who enter college appear unable to express themselves clearly, have not grasped the basics of punctuation and cannot write a simple essay well?

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