Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all, according to a new report from the international think-tank the OECD. The country ranks 17th out of 32 around the world in terms of what the State devotes, on average, to individual students, from primary through to third level. At primary level alone, Ireland is 19th out of 32 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Opinion: Junior cycle reforms are a badly needed corrective

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children return to school today after the Christmas break and for many of those in third year the mock Junior Certificate exams are only weeks away. The recent OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results were good news for Ireland, showing our 15 year olds are doing well in reading, maths and science in comparison with many other countries …” (more)

[Frank Milling, Irish Times, 9 January]

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Are junior cycle reforms on the right track?

Posted in Teaching on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in more than 70 countries take a two-hour test designed to measure their ability to think. The release of the OECD’s Pisa rankings is a revealing moment for twitchy politicians and nervous civil servants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Can Irish pupils be the world’s No 1 in reading?

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new literacy strategy introduced in schools in 2012 is showing positive results, but what more is needed to reach top of the class …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 December]

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PISA global education rankings are the road to ruin – here’s why

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2016 by steve

International“No doubt twitchy politicians and nervous bureaucrats are still digesting the triennial OECD test scores on international educational achievement. From all the media coverage, one thing is abundantly clear: this arithmetic continues its rise as vehicle of choice for social, economic and cultural improvement worldwide …” (more)

[James Conroy, The Conversation, 14 December]

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Byrne presses need for long-term investment in Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the Government needs to move fast to address the funding shortfall in third level education …” (more)

[Fianna Fail, 5 October]

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Rankings and state of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ellen Hazelkorn suggests that discussions about the future funding of higher education should be ‘based on real evidence and not on rankings’ (Opinion & Analysis, September 22nd). But in this, she creates a false dichotomy …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Only by Bridging Gap Between Funding and Rhetoric Can Irish Education Recover

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The news this week that state spending on education has fallen by 7% will come as no surprise to the sector, which since 2011 has grown used to consistent under-funding by successive governments. What is significant, however, is that this is not the norm. Across countries in the OECD, average state spending on education rose by 8% over the same period …” (more)

[University Times, 18 September]

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Irish education spending low by OECD standards

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“State spending on Irish students fell during the recession and is now lower than most countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a new report has found.Compared with other countries, Ireland invests less in early childhood education. Teachers eventually earn more but work longer hours, the report said …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Irish education spend falls 15% behind world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s spend on education fell 15% behind the rest of the world between 2008-13. At the height of the recession, spending on education in Ireland fell by 7% – while it rose by 8% across the developed world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 September]

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Ireland ranks among highest for inter-generational educational disadvantage

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland ranks among the highest in the world for inter-generational educational disadvantage, international research shows. While around 18% of those aged 25-44 who had not completed second-level in 2012, the figure is just over 30% among those whose parents did not reach Leaving Certificate themselves …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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Gender pay gap Ireland wider for women with degree

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An international report shows that the gender pay gap in Ireland is wider for women with a college degree. While the finding suggests the difference is bigger for working women in the final decade before retirement, the average annual earnings of Irish women are 71% of those of men …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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Ireland ‘spending less on education than international average’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is spending less on education than the international average, according to a new report. While Ireland invests €8,967 a year in each student, across primary to third-level, the average in more than 30 other countries is €9,322 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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Latest OECD report endorses work of Irish teachers and lecturers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The latest OECD international indicators endorse the work of Irish educators and make clear that second level teachers in Ireland work longer hours than their international counterparts. The Education At A Glance 2016 report once again shows that a high proportion of 15 to 19 year-olds remain in education …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 15 September]

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One in six Irish teens ‘low performers’ at maths

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One in six Irish students are classified as ‘low performers’ in maths, according to an international report. The study, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday, found 17% of students in Ireland struggle with basic maths, 10% are below par in reading, and 11% are low performers in science …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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OECD and education

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was with a sense of pride in our teaching profession and our excellent education system that I read the latest report from the OECD on Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How to Help Them Succeed? Ireland, it seems, is in the top league when it comes to reducing the number of 15-year-olds who are underperforming in maths, reading and science …” (more)

[David O’Grady, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Literacy levels and education

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The claim that 20% of university graduates aged 20 to 34 in Ireland have ‘no more than a basic grasp of language’, which is based on a new OECD report on the PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) study, is problematic for a number of reasons …” (more)

[Gerry Shiel, Irish Times, 3 February]

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OECD apologises to Northern Ireland students for report error

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

UK“The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has apologised for publishing the wrong information about the reading, writing and maths skills of Northern Ireland university students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 February]

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OECD report on literacy and numeracy

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read Carl O’Brien’s article ‘OECD finds literacy an issue among university students’ (January 30th) with great dismay.The OECD reports that Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 2 February]

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