‘We Won’t be Introducing Student Loans’, Harris says of Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has ruled out the possibility of introducing a student loan system as part of changes made to the funding of higher education following the recommendations of the Cassells report. Harris was responding to questions from Labour’s Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Riordáin at the Oireachtas Education Committee …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 July]

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€1,000-a-day job filled without following procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A €1,000-a-day job at the new Technological University of the South East was filled without regard to proper procurement procedures, which are supposed to apply to all positions over €25,000. Tom Boland was announced as executive director of the Technological University of the South East consortium by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris last July …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Leaving Cert decision due next week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A decision on the arrangements for this year’s State exams is expected to be made early next week by the Cabinet, amid growing calls to give students certainty about the exams. Discussions continued today between representatives of students, parents, teachers, and school management bodies, with officials from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Access to Higher Education: DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to delays in some schools in completing school-based attainment testing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which have led to a concern among parents that testing will not take place in time to apply for the disability access route to education, DARE, programme; and if he will extend the DARE deadline from 1 March 2021 to prevent the exclusion of candidates who might otherwise qualify …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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Leaving Cert students should have option of predicted grades, says parents group

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students must be offered the choice to opt for predictive grades or sit their exams in June, a national council of parents has said. The Education and Training Board (ETB) Schools National Parents’ Association is calling on the Government to make a decision about how the process will run to provide ‘clarity and certainty’ …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Technological Universities – Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a further eligibility criteria sample process review report was prepared by auditors for the Munster Technological University consortium after 28 May 2019 (details supplied); if so, if he will make the report available; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will constitute an independent inquiry into the 2020 leaving certificate which would examine the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the exam, the design and implementation of the calculated grades system, the ensuing errors and omissions and the knock-on effect on the CAO process; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 October]

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Colleges may have to create 1,000 extra places after Leaving Cert errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 1,000 extra college places may be needed for students due to errors in calculated grades issued to thousands of Leaving Cert candidates. Minister for Education Norma Foley apologised on Wednesday for coding errors which resulted in at least 6,500 students receiving a lower grade than they ought to have received …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Jennifer Bray and Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Pressure mounts for change to calculated Leaving Cert grading system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is coming under pressure to change its calculated grading system for Leaving Cert students after similar ‘standardisation’ measures in the United Kingdom were scrapped amid controversy on Monday. Opposition parties last night called for a review of the Government’s plan after the British government made a U-turn on A-level results, abandoning its standardisation process …” (more)

[Jack Power, Pat Leahy, Jack Horgan-Jones and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Student Accommodation – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to reports that a third level institution (details supplied) is not refunding prepaid rent for campus accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Education Minister Norma Foley accused of breaching ministerial code

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley has been accused of breaching the ministerial code after she failed to tell the Dáil last week that the Leaving Cert results would be delayed until September 7 …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 21 July]

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Leaving Cert results and college offers to be delayed until September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers will not happen until early September – and further delay entry to college for first years. The two key events in the annual school-leavers’ calendar look set to run at least three weeks later than usual because of havoc wrought by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 16 July]

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Almost 1,000 students fail to register before calculated grades deadline

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert students have failed to register for their calculated grades ahead of Friday’s extended noon deadline. A total of 98% of the 61,029 students registered to sit the Leaving Cert have registered and are set to receive their results in August …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Please don’t let an algorithm have the final say on Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Algorithms built on biased data can never be unbiased, and the recent decision to adjust grading for the Leaving Cert based on previous school performance will weigh heavily on DEIS students …” (more)

[Elaine Burke, Silicon Republic, 18 May]

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Gifts for teachers to be treated as ‘serious attempt’ to undermine Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Any attempt to offer teachers gifts or inducements in relation to students’ Leaving Cert results will be treated as a ‘serious attempt’ to interfere with an entire school’s grades, under new Department of Education rules. Department officials are finalising official guidance for teachers and schools over the use of calculated grades for students and it is likely to issue to teachers’ representatives in the middle of this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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TDs claim predictive grade Leaving Cert discriminates against working class students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29. Instead, students will now be offered the option of accepting grades calculated by their teachers or sitting the Leaving Certificate at a later date when the pandemic eases …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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‘That is a disgrace’: Row erupts over claims ‘school profiling’ will discriminate against some students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A row erupted in the Dáil this afternoon over concerns raised about the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 May]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Minister comes under pressure over lobbying for Susi grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been accused of ‘wink-and-elbow politics’ after she made scores of representations on behalf of students whose Susi application was rejected. The Fine Gael minister wants students around the country to contact her office if their application for a grant is rejected by Susi …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 16 August]

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On-campus accommodation costs rise across country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says third-level institutions are taking advantage of the housing crisis …” (audio)

[RTÉ – News at One, 7 August]

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