Off Message

Changes to the Junior Cert sound admirable, but when the education minister seems not to be heeding teachers' concerns, you have to wonder, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

13th October, 2012
Off Message
It's not that teachers don't want reform -- just not this sort of reform.

Ireally want to be positive about the government's plan to reform the Junior Cert. Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn's basic intention sounds fantastic: scrapping the Junior Cert exam is a notion that resonates with anyone who suspects 14-year-olds are wasting far too much time practising their powers of regurgitation instead of working on their problem-solving techniques.

Under the present system, you could probably achieve 12 A grades in the Junior Cert and still need to...

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