Leaving Off

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“So yesterday the Government of Ireland announced that this year’s Leaving Certificate examinations will be cancelled. That decision seems to have surprised quite a few people but to me it looked inevitable once the Covid-19 Roadmap was published last Friday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 9 May]

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Leaving Cert: Teachers seek safeguards against parental pressure on grades

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“One of the country’s biggest teachers’ union is calling for clear ‘safeguards’ to prevent pressure being applied to teachers from parents over Leaving Cert calculated grades. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the State exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years …” (more)

[Jack Power and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Clarity on Exams, But Muddier Waters for Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Although it means that politicians won’t get to send their annual tweet wishing students well in the leaving certificate and radio stations will lose a month of content from disgruntled parents, students and those with no affiliation to the exams whatsoever ringing in to complain about it, the decision taken by the government today to cancel the leaving certificate exams and replace them with calculated grades has been painted by the media as one of relief for students …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 8 May]

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Students Can Avail of €3k Fees Even If They Restart College After Appeal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Students who start college next year but get an improved course offer after appeal will remain eligible for ‘free fees’ and SUSI grants as if they were starting college for the first time, under new government arrangements for the leaving certificate …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 8 May]

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The Leaving Cert – Plan B

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – Reading Carl O’Brien’s piece (‘Leaving Cert to be cancelled – but will “Plan B” be fair to students?’, Analysis, May 7th), I was taken aback at the prospect of ‘school profiling’ in predicting grades for the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 which will apparently involve an assessment of average exam results produced by individual schools …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Government fears lawsuits over ‘calculated grades’ as Leaving Cert postponed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“The Government is concerned over its exposure to legal action by students who may miss out on college places following its decision to replace the Leaving Cert with a system of ‘calculated grades’. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Online Teaching to Continue Into Next Year, Provost Confirms

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Online classes are likely to continue into next year, along with a return to real-life contact ‘in a responsible way’, Provost Patrick Prendergast said this evening. While large lectures will be delivered online, smaller lectures, seminars and tutorials will return to campus, Prendergast said, in a video released on Twitter tonight. Groups will, however, be moved into larger lecture theatres to allow for social distancing …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 May]

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Teachers up against the clock to decide on Leaving Cert grade

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Second-level teachers will have weeks to determine the ‘calculated grade’ each student will secure in a school-based, nationally standardised, assessment process. They will be expected to carry out this work as an expression of professionalism, in support of their students …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Fianna Fáil Will Seek State Funding for Extra College Places if in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil will seek to secure state funding for extra college places if it forms a government, its education spokesperson has said, amid fears that some students could be disadvantaged due to the introduction of calculated grades in this year’s leaving certificate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 8 May]

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