Saturday 18 November 2017

Exam curriculum needs reform

The chairman of the NCCA, Dr Tom Collins, tells us that the points system "rewards rote learning" and discourages "critical thinking" (Irish Independent, August 16).

It does not. Points simply reflect Leaving Certificate grades. If there is inadequacy it rests with the upper secondary programme, which should prepare for higher education.

What is essential therefore is that the curriculum and assessment at upper secondary be reformed to fully encourage, develop and measure a range of generic abilities so vital for higher education and future employment. I am sure the NCCA could play a leading role in this.

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