Sunday 18 March 2018

Reforms needed to aid career guidance

Next month, the Higher Education Authority and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will hold a joint conference which, if successful, could prove a key event in the history of Irish education.

For years, even decades, sweeping reforms have been promised in this field, especially in second-level education and its interface with third level. They have been implemented partially and timidly, if at all. This time, the chances of radical action look real.

Reform has been spurred by two developments: the appointment of a well-informed and committed education minister and the flood of complaints about the teaching of mathematics and science. The defects in the latter case have deep-rooted causes.

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