ANOTHER school term begins and anxious parents all over the country will be tearful as their children begin school over the coming days and start to assert their own independence.
The education system leaves a lasting footprint on everyone's lives.
When it comes to life after the Leaving Certificate, college or university, the young adults will be able to look back on cherished memories and a valuable education to equip them for any future challenges.
Currently, two of the country's largest teacher unions - the ASTI and TUI - are considering whether to take strike action over the new junior cycle. Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan must resolve this issue as soon as possible.
Our legislators and government are quick to cite the benefits of a good education to the country's pupils and students.
They must ensure that everyone entering the education system is provided with a smooth school term without any possible industrial action.