Saturday 16 December 2017

Results will tell the true story

FINE Gael's education policy, to be published today, will receive an enthusiastic welcome from thousands of parents who will endorse the proposal that second-level schools should be obliged to publish their results in the public examinations.

Controversy has surrounded this question for several years. On one side are ranged the parents who want a better way of assessing their children's progress; on the other, as always in Ireland, vested interests.

The teachers' unions vehemently oppose the publication of exam results. But caution is necessary when looking at their views. The case for publication is overwhelming, and support for it from within the system is probably much higher than the attitude of the unions would suggest. In any case, when reforms are introduced any government will need support from the school authorities and the teachers.

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