A spot check on the basics
THE question is being posed: why is it that children enter primary school full of love for learning but too often lose it along the way? Something happens following the transition from primary to secondary school and the end result is not good. A report has found that pupils make less effort in first and second year because their Junior Cert seems a lifetime away, so why bother?
Every generation has its slackers, but dossing appears to have reached epidemic proportions.
In the near future, students will be tested in their first couple of years in secondary to assess their progress and perhaps identify weaknesses that can be addressed without the pressure of an imminent state exam.