Taoiseach rejects call for cancellation of Leaving Cert exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Micheál Martin has rejected a call for the Leaving Certificate exams to be cancelled and for a university place to be offered to every student who wants one. He also rejected claims that the Government had been ‘dithering’ over the status of the exams and said it was engaging with all the education partners to give students the clarity on the exams that they need …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Leaving Cert talks between Government and teacher unions to continue

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Intensive talks between the Government and teacher unions will continue on Monday in a bid to find agreement on this year’s Leaving Cert State exam. Both sides held confidential discussions throughout the weekend, but Government sources said there was no certainty that agreement could be reached in time for Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sarah Burns, Simon Carswell and Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Taoiseach addresses TUSEI issue in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach says no decision has been made on the headquarters of the new university in the South East. Michael Martin was responding to questions in the Dáil from Matt Shanahan. The Independent TD says the technological university process appears to have turned negative, with outside political influence wishing to see WIT’s leadership credentials dismantled …” (more)

[Julie Smyth, WLR FM, 4 February]

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University Autonomy is Under Threat. Colleges Must Step Up

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Alarm bells sounded last week when this newspaper reported that the government is considering a bill which would give the Minister for Higher Education the power to suspend or replace the governing bodies of a state-funded universities if it has serious concerns about how the institution is being run …” (more)

[University Times, 31 January]

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Taoiseach: Combination of calculated grades system and written Leaving Cert exam ‘preferred option’

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A combination of a calculated grades system and a written exam is the current ‘preferred option’ to be offered to 60,000 students due to sit the Leaving Certificate this year. Taoiseach Micheál Martin, in an interview with the Irish Examiner, has said the Government is keen to give choices to students with a clear desire to hold some form of a written exam …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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‘Inflexible’ Leaving Cert uses ‘limited range’ of assessments, says Taoiseach

Posted in Teaching on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate is ‘often too inflexible’ and uses a ‘very limited range’ of methods for assessing learning, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told educators. Mr Martin was speaking at the launch of the 2020 Education Matters Education Yearbook this afternoon …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Calls growing for Leaving Cert 2021 to be cancelled as TD warns of huge mental health risks for students

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert should be cancelled as a result of Covid-19, with all students allowed to access their first or second-choice college courses, a Solidarity–People Before Profit TD has insisted. Mick Barry said today that running the exams – a rite of passage for thousands of young people across the country every year – risks ‘the potential for an unacceptable level of mental health pressures on a large number of leaving cert students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 6 January]

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Taoiseach told of student nurses’ concerns as early as last summer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Shortly after 3.30pm on September 2nd, Taoiseach Micheál Martin sent an email to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. He was following up on correspondence received from a student nurse who expressed concern about unpaid placements in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Martin wanted Donnelly to have the student’s points examined and to let him know what he found out …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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University fees will not rise under current Government, vows Taoiseach

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University fees will not rise during the lifetime of this Government, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said. Irish students currently face annual fees of up to €3,000 to attend college, a rate that is among the highest in Europe …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 December]

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Colleges to remain online as January restrictions tightened

Posted in Teaching on December 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and higher level institutions are to remain primarily online in the start of the new year, Taoiseach Michéal Martin has said. This comes after a sharp rise in cases over recent days, after the UK announced a new variant had broken out in London and other colleges are to remain online until January 12 as part of a tightening of restrictions …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 22 December]

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Student nurses rostered for work should be paid, Taoiseach says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are rostered to work should be paid by their employers, the Taoiseach has said. But he warned such a situation would cause problems for the nursing degree programme, potentially bringing it back to the apprenticeship model, and reducing the quality of nurse education …” (more)

[James Ward, BreakingNews.ie, 15 December]

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Forcing student nurses to work full shifts ‘tantamount to slavery’, Byrne says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Forcing student nurses to work full shifts is ‘tantamount to slavery’, Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has said. The Government has been widely criticised in recent weeks for not providing student nurses with full pay for their work. A review is underway of allowances for all student nurses, and for the payment of final year students, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he is certain allowances will increase when the review is completed by the end of the year …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Taoiseach: ‘Exploitation’ of student nurses unacceptable and should be reported

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Any ‘abuse’ or ‘exploitation’ of student nurses is unacceptable and should be reported, the Taoiseach has said. The Government has come under mounting pressure in the Dáil to pay student nurses who have ‘held the hands of dying Covid patients’. However, Micheál Martin said student nurses and midwives should never be asked to treat Covid patients and those instances should be investigated …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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Irish government commits to ‘coordinated investment’ at Derry’s Magee campus

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

“Speaking about a shared island today the Taoiseach Micheál Martin committed to ‘coordinated investment’ at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Derry. For around 60 years the people of Derry have campaigned for a full-sized university in the city …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 22 October]

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No mention of higher education in Taoiseach’s restrictions announcement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an expected move tonight, the government has decided to implement Level 5 restrictions on the country for six weeks, starting Wednesday night. Implications for the higher education sector were not mentioned by the Taoiseach during his address to the country this evening announcing Cabinet’s decision on the imposition of heightened Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 19 October]

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Taoiseach appeals to 3rd level students to help prevent Covid-19 spread

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has issued a direct appeal to third-level students to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 ahead of the reopening of colleges next week. Micheál Martin made his appeal this morning as he again expressed concerns about the rising number of cases in Cork and in other counties showing worrying trends including Waterford, Louth, Wicklow, Kildare, and Galway …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Harris wants students to think beyond CAO points and degrees

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

Ireland“Simon Harris wants to take the focus off CAO points and university degrees as the main goal of school-leavers. The Further and Higher Education Minister wants as much discussion about apprenticeships and other forms of learning and training as paths to good careers and fulfilling lives …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 July]

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Government Approves Legislation Establishing Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today passed legislation officially establishing the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the new Department last month that Provost Patrick Prendergast hailed as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 13 July]

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TDs and senators will get their 2% pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TDs, senators and the public service workforce are set for a 2% pay rise in October, the new Expenditure Minister has signalled. Michael McGrath indicated that the Government will honour the wage increase due under a pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 1 July]

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A Third-Level Department Represents Big Progress – But Does Not a Funding Model Make

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In July 17th, 2019, in the basement of the Alex Hotel in Dublin city centre, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promised Ireland’s higher education leaders a new department, just for them. It was easy at the time to be cynical about the pitch: Martin, who wasn’t in government, was speaking at a conference organised by universities, for universities, and addressing a sector starved of both funding and political attention …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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