Engineering body concerned at number of students sitting Leaving Cert STEM subjects

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The representative body for engineers in Ireland has raised concerns over the number of students sitting STEM subjects in this year’s Leaving Cert, saying 2018 has not seen a marked increase for the first time in several years. Results obtained from the State Examinations Commission has shown that almost one-third of Leaving Certificate students sat the higher-level mathematics paper in 2018, a figure that has more than doubled when compared to 2011 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 August]

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Teachers want 30% pay rise for correcting State exams

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers’ unions have called for urgent talks with the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to address a joint pay claim and avoid it having to hire individuals without teaching qualifications to correct State exam papers next year. The call for talks comes after it emerged that a shortage of available qualified teachers has forced to the SEC to recruit individuals without any teaching qualifications to correct some of this year’s Junior and Leaving Cert papers …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 22 June]

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‘Colleges need extra funding to train more teachers’

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2018 by steve

“Third-level colleges will not be able to train more teachers to address shortages in key subjects unless the Government provides more funding, the Oireachtas Education Committee has been warned. Dublin City University (DCU) plans to run a new post-primary teacher training programme for Irish and modern languages, but now it is worried about having the necessary money for lecturers, classrooms, library spaces and support staff …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 April]

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Shortages of examiners across all subjects looms weeks before Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2018 by steve

“The State Examinations Commission is still seeking qualified teachers to work as examiners across all subjects just six weeks ahead of the start of the Leaving Cert exams. It wrote to school principals on Monday seeking their assistance in calling on teachers – including recently qualified graduates and retired staff – to work as examiners …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Demand for 30% hike as exam pay is lower than minimum wage

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members voted to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 April]

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‘Impending catastrophe’ for Junior and Leaving Cert exams if rate of pay for State examiners not increased

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members agreed to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 April]

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Exam body failed to budget for rise in student numbers

Posted in Teaching on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A failure to budget for a growing number of students sitting exams has been blamed for mounting losses at the State body which oversees the Leaving and Junior Certificate tests. The State Examinations Commission has reported that the size of its annual deficit more than tripled last year to over €2.2m …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 December]

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Girls continue to outperform boys in Junior Cert

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls continue to outperform boys at Junior Cert level, with more female than male students scoring A grades in 18 out of 21 higher-level subjects this year, according to the 2017 results. Girls also scored higher than boys in most subjects at ordinary level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Paying for Leaving Cert appeals

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – This Friday and Saturday thousands of Leaving Cert students will avail of the option to review their examination scripts. It is an admirable exercise in transparency and greatly to the credit of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) that it operates in this way …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Leaving Cert and the points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I must confess to becoming fatigued at your regular conflation of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Central Applications Office (CAO). The SEC administers the Leaving Certificate (still the widest held qualification in Ireland); the CAO administers entry to higher education …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Exams body says Junior Cert students can avoid 10% penalty

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of junior cycle students will have a chance to avoid a 10% penalty in this summer’s English exam if teachers allow them a last chance to complete a classroom-based assessment task, the State Examinations Commission has said …” (more)

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

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1,700 Leaving Cert exams get grade boost after rechecks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 1,700 Leaving Certificate grades from August have been revised upward after rechecks were sought. The number of students who have benefited is unclear as there were nearly two results, on average, submitted for recheck by each of the 5,465 people who appealed a grade to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) this year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 October]

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CAO offers for students as appeals upheld

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A number of CAO applicants can expect late college offers this week after a number of Leaving Certificate appeals were upheld. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has announced that the original results of some 1,698 papers have been upgraded following appeals by students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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Exam body receives 10,000 appeals from Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Almost 10,000 Leaving Cert exam results were appealed to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) this year. It costs €40 to appeal one subject in the Leaving Certificate, though the fee is returned if the result is upgraded …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 9 October]

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No extra marks for junior cycle students in ASTI dispute

Posted in Teaching on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission has said it cannot award extra marks to thousands of junior cycle students who face losing 10% in their English exams next summer due to a union dispute …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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New online marking scheme to be trialled for exams

Posted in Teaching on June 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new online marking system is being trialled in the State exams this year. Instead of papers being marked in the traditional way, students’ scripts will be scanned and converted to digital images that examiners will access on their home computers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 June]

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Students chasing honours maths bonus risk being out of their depth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who take higher-level maths in a bid to get bonus points for college are at risk of being out of their depth, a major new report warns. ShareSome students who made the jump to ‘honours’ maths in the Leaving Certificate took the wrong decision, according to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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Concern at ‘basic skills’ of many Leaving Cert maths pupils

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert examiners have expressed concern at the lack of basic skills of some students sitting the higher level maths paper. In a report published on Thursday by the State Examinations Commission, it says a significant minority of candidates are struggling to complete simple procedures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Exams body ‘cannot probe’ claims of Leaving Cert leaks

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Confidential documents used by Leaving Cert oral examiners were leaked while students were being tested across the country. However the body responsible for overseeing second-level examinations said it cannot investigate allegations that the documents had been shared among students unless it is told of the school or location where the alleged leak occurred …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 26 April]

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Exam body to explain why disabled students refused support

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission has bowed to pressure from the Ombudsman for Children and disability rights organisations over a lack of transparency and said it would provide an explanation to disabled Leaving Cert students who are refused exam support in the 2016 exams …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 November]

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