Minister Foley announces Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades to issue to students directly through the Student Calculated Grades portal on 7 September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that Calculated Grades results will issue directly to students through the student portal on 7 September at 9.00am. Results will also issue simultaneously to students’ schools. Schools will be asked to provide support to students in an appropriate way on the day, through enabling students to come to the school if they wish at a scheduled time, or to making guidance or other teaching staff members available by phone for students to discuss their options following their results …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 July]

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Leaving Cert students left in the dark amid mountains of data

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

Ireland“The suggestion is that this year’s Leaving Cert results are delayed because they need to be able to stand up to scrutiny, but students are still in the dark about what ‘standardisation’ entails. And now it would seem they could remain in the dark about the particulars of this process until after they receive their results …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Colleges in chaos as exam results delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and colleges have been left scrambling as the fallout from the decision to delay publishing this year’s Leaving Certificate results added to the chaos and confusion engulfing the education sector …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Minister seeks to reassure Leaving Cert students over results delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has sought to reassure students that delaying the Leaving Certificate results by three weeks will not have a negative impact on them …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 July]

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Leaving Cert have been ‘pushed from pillar to post’ by Government

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

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students have been ‘pushed from pillar to post’, the Union of the Students of Ireland (USI) has said. Lorna Fitzpatrick, president of the USI, said the decision to delay the release of results until September, is ‘disappointing’ …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says ‘at least there’s now certainty’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest secondary schools teachers’ union has said that it was ‘disappointing’ the way news of the Leaving Cert results day was announced, but that there is at least now certainty of the timeline …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 July]

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Up to third-level institutions to defer opening dates for first years, minister says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that it was up to third-level institutions to decide if they should defer commencement dates to facilitate first-year students seeking accommodation …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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Grant fears as Leaving Cert grades and college now delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There are fears of a knock-on effect for student grants as the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers have been delayed until September. The Department of Education last night confirmed calculated grades for 60,000 students will not now be issued until September 7, three weeks later than usual …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Aoife Walsh, Independent, 17 July]

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Minister Foley announces next steps for this year’s Leaving Certificate students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The re-opening of the Calculated Grades Student Portal for Leaving Certificate students to opt to receive Calculated Grades on Monday, 20 July 2020 at 12 o’clock; Leaving Certificate students to receive Calculated Grade results on 7 September; First round CAO offers to be issued on 11 September; Results will be available in time for Round 1 offers from CAO and UCAS for colleges and universities in Ireland and UK …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 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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Student Accommodation – Rent Refunds

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

IrelandDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the options open to third-level students whose private landlords refused to provide rent refunds to students forced to leave accommodation due to Covid-19; his plans to encourage landlords to provide refunds; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Third Level Institutions – Financial Package

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if further consideration has been given to or the status of a financial package for the third-level institutions; and if so, if it will include increased SUSI, HEAR, DARE and Access funding to ensure expansion of access to third-level education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Erasmus+ Programme

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

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Irish students who participated in the Erasmus+ programme in each of the years 2015 to 2019, inclusive, and to date in 2020; the countries that the students studied in; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Third Level Admissions – Travellers

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

IrelandPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps she will take to improve access to higher education for members of the Traveller community …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Third Level Institutions – Deficits

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of institutes of technology or technological universities currently running a deficit in tabular form; the plans in place by each institute to address the deficit; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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We can’t let educational equality be a casualty of the coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 is exposing the cracks in our schools system and favouring those who have the means to pay, writes Ita O’Kelly. Responsibility for the return of schools rests with the minister in the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Norma Foley is both policy and decision-maker in chief. And she has control of the purse strings …” (more)

[Independent, 12 July]

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Limerick Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including Limerick Institute of Technology in plans for the Munster Technological University in addition to Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the issues facing the language school sector in view of the fact that 70% of its revenue is generated during their peak season from March to September but the schools have remained closed during this time; the supports which will be put in place to assist English language teaching organisations with these issues; and when these schools can reopen in view of the fact that they have not been included in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Third Level Admissions – Medical Training Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will work with third-level universities to expand the number of medical training places for students applying through the Central Applications Office system to help increase the number of doctors nationally …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Student Grant Scheme – Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if applicants for higher education grants that worked during the Covid-19 emergency will not incur a reduction or cessation of SUSI grant entitlement in view of the fact that they worked as requested during the emergency; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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