Tuesday 17 July 2018

Ruairi has ignored the realities of teaching

Ruairi Quinn: new proposal
Ruairi Quinn: new proposal

* I always fear what I see as a ministerial PR stunt, especially when it goes unchallenged. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn's project runs roughshod over the reservations of teachers, particularly in the area of assessment.

In a radio interview, he went totally unchallenged as he promoted his Framework for Junior Cycle. Does it not appear strange that he failed to consult teachers, the experts in education? Did he fear that the changes in assessment might be exposed as a money-saving rather than educationally sound exercise?

The proposed statement of achievement, at the end of Junior Cycle, will not be state-certified. So let's call a spade a spade. It will be a school report, nothing more and nothing less. Why would he not want students to have state certification, considering he expects them to achieve so much under his new proposals?

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