Junior cycle reforms in doubt as no talks have taken place

Posted in Teaching on July 10th, 2014 by steve

“The future of major reforms of the junior cycle looks uncertain as outgoing Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has failed to reach any compromise with teacher unions …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“Labour’s Ruairí Quinn was absent from the Dáil chamber this afternoon for his final round of questions ever as a Cabinet minister. The Minister for Education announced last week that he will be stepping down as minister after the upcoming reshuffle …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 July]

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Writing your way through the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“Leaving Cert exam diarist Sean O’Callaghan asked plaintively this week, ‘Is it really reasonable to expect the tech generation to write for five or six hours at a time?’ Of course it isn’t …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Digital education

Posted in Teaching on June 5th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – One get used to Ministers talking nonsense, and Minister of State for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon proves no exception (‘Using computers should be an option in Leaving Cert exams, says Minister’, Front Page, June 3rd) …” (more)

[D Keogh, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Quinn welcomes increase as record number of students take higher maths

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has welcomed an increase in the number of Leaving Cert students planning to sit higher level maths this year as the Government seeks to boost entry into science and technology …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Using computers ‘should be an option in Leaving Cert exams’

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Leaving Cert students should have the option of doing their exams on computer rather than being forced to do this week’s handwriting marathon, Minister of State for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 June]

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English Language Training Organisations

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to ensure that international students left stranded as a result of the recent closure of a number of international language schools can continue their education and be recompensed for the cost of discontinued courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 29 May]

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Ministers Quinn and Cannon launch the first ever five year strategy for Further Education and Training

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2014 by steve

“Further Education and Training needs to be seen as a strong and valid alternative to Higher Education. The first ever strategy for the Further Education and Training FET sector is being launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, and Minister of State for Training and Skills Ciarán Cannon TD …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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Third-Level Feeder Schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Eamonn Maloney: Information on third-level feeder schools has been published in almost every national newspaper today and it makes for interesting reading. The data highlight the advantages and disadvantages in terms of what is happening in second-level education and the students who are continuing into third-level education …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 November]

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Method in the maths

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2013 by steve

“Jump Maths, already used in Canada and the UK, is about ensuring every child has the best chance of keeping up with the curriculum …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 10 June]

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TD raises fears School of Tourism may relocate from Killybegs to LYIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2013 by steve

“Thomas Pringle, independent TD for Donegal South West, on Wednesday raised concerns in the Dáil that there may be considerations being given to relocating the School of Tourism campus of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) from Killybegs to Letterkenny …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 9 May]

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Further Education and Training Programmes Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has quantified the likely number of teaching jobs, course offerings and student places that may be lost as a result of his plans to increase the student teacher ratio in the further education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 March]

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Future of Further Education and Training: Statements

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

Acting Chairman (Senator Diarmuid Wilson): It is my great pleasure to welcome a former Member of the House and now Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Deputy Ciarán Cannon …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 20 February]

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Ministers Quinn and Cannon announce 760 new places on ICT graduate skills conversion programmes

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, and Minister for Training & Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD today announced the start of the second phase of ICT graduate skills conversion programmes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 February]

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Move to double number of Indian students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland plans on doubling the number of Indian students in its universities to about 2,000 over the next three years, Minister of State for Training and Skills Ciarán Cannon’s said in Mumbai yesterday …” (more)

[Rahul Bedi, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Ireland Wants to Double Number of Indian Students in Country

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 24th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland is aiming to double the number of Indian students studying in the country in three years, its Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Ciaran Cannon TD, said in Banglore …” (more)

[digitalLEARNING Magazine, 24 November]

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Delegation in India to attract students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2012 by steve

“Over 60 academics from 16 higher education institutions are travelling to India this week to try to attract more students to come to Ireland to study. The Department of Education is hoping to increase Ireland’s share of the 200,000 Indian students who attend overseas universities every year …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Minister Cannon leads largest ever Irish education delegation to India

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2012 by steve

“The Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD, will this week lead Ireland’s largest ever education mission to India. He will visit New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, the country’s main centres of politics, high-tech industry and commerce …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 November]

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International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on the progress that has been made in achieving the goal set out in the Programme for Government to double the number of international students studying here particularly attracting students from India, China and the Middle East; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 9 October]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this issue and I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Cannon. I wish to discuss the new online grant application system and, in particular, the website grantsonline.ie. The issue relates specifically to self-employed parents who have had difficulties when using this new website …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 June]

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