Norma Foley announces two-track approach to Leaving Certificate

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley has announced a two-track approach to the Leaving Cert. It will involve exams and a second, non-exam process, the details of which have to be worked out …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 February]

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Alyn-Stacey Blocked from Election, Says HR Played ‘Crucial Role’ in Process

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey has been denied entry to this year’s Provost election, after a process that she says has ‘blurred’ the distinction between an election and an appointment and given HR a ‘crucial role’ in who will be the next Provost. In a statement to her nominators – seen by The University Times – Alyn-Stacey alleged that the interview committee and HR ‘took it upon themselves to apply a different test from the statutorily-mandated prima facie test’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 February]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Remote Teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he expects courses to go 100% remote learning for the upcoming semesters (details supplied); the percentage of in-class students versus online learning; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 February]

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Science Graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects science to play an increased role in the higher education sector with particular reference to ensuring an adequate number of graduates to meet the demands of the workplace; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 February]

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