Thursday 23 November 2017

The Leaving Cert is fair Ruairi – in that it's unfair to everybody

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn

Gerard O'Regan

DEATH, taxes and the Leaving Cert. They are all part of the natural order of things in Ireland – realities of life that for good or ill sometimes haunt our days and which simply cannot be ignored.

Ruairi Quinn, who seemed to harbour the defeated aura of a David Moyes this week, has been running the gauntlet at the annual teacher conferences. These Easter get-togethers have turned into a bit of a parody over the past years, and this year in particular seemed strangely out of sync with post-bailout Ireland. More thoughtful members will have winced at some of the antics of their classroom colleagues, which will have done little to woo public support for their primary concern – rates of pay.

Mr Quinn, now in the twilight of a long-running political career, asked for the education portfolio when this Government was formed. He has been beavering away on a plethora of issues, ranging from the teaching of religion, to the highly contentious issue of exam reform. His aspirations on this latter front are commendable – but how realistic are they by way of ensuring there will be no skulduggery when it comes to determining results?

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