Minister Harris Speech to TUI Annual Congress 2021

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

Ireland“Good afternoon to you all. And thank you for the invitation to address your annual conference. I am particularly conscious that this is the first opportunity I have had to speak with you at Congress and it is the first time that there has been a Cabinet Minister for a new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 6 April]

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Third-level model ‘has placed appalling levels of pressure’ on young people – Simon Harris

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

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has described Ireland’s third-level sector as ‘elitist’ and vowed to introduce a fully integrated system which caters for all. Mr Harris said the lack of an integrated system has led to skills shortages, inequality and high drop-out rates from higher education …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 6 April]

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Third-level funding ‘ducked and dodged’ for too long, says Harris

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

Ireland“The issue of third-level funding has been ‘ducked and dodged for far too long’, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said. With a final report on the future funding of the sector due within the next few months, Mr Harris said that he ‘didn’t intend to be dusting it or seeking a shelf to stick it on. I intend to act on it with Government colleagues and to engage with our stakeholders. You can have all the lofty ambitions and plans you want but to make them a reality we need to properly fund third-level education’ …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Policing online cheating is adding to workload, lecturers say

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturing staff in third-level educational institutions have experienced a significant increase in workload following the move to remote teaching during the pandemic, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said. Survey findings released by the union ahead of its annual conference next week found 92 per cent of lecturers saying they were spending more time preparing and providing remote classes and carrying out associated work than they would have spent on face-to-face delivery …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Minister Harris gives clarity about South East Tech Uni in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education says there will be no changes to the terms and conditions for staff at the new university in the south-east. The new technological university is expected to open early next year with the consortium to submit their application no later than April 28th …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 11 March]

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DkIT students to get their withheld exam results within the next fortnight

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at the DkIT are to receive their withheld exam results within the next fortnight as industrial action at the institute has been lifted. The TUI said the industrial action – which has been lifted – had been taken due to the institute’s executive failing to honour commitments made last year, including the improvement of management bodies and progress in pursuing Technological University status …” (more)

[Michelle O’Keeffe, Dundalk Democrat, 17 February]

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Junior Cert is likely to be cancelled to allow focus on Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Junior Cert exams for 60,000 students look likely to be cancelled after education authorities confirmed that it will not be possible to hold the exams alongside the Leaving Cert in June. It seems likely that alternative assessment arrangements will be implemented for Junior Cert students this year, in a similar manner to last year, according to a number of well-placed sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Exam Results Withheld From Dundalk IT Students

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have not yet received their examination results amidst conflict between staff and upper management of the college. The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) branch at Dundalk IT is representing lecturers in talks with the college’s president, Dr Michael Mulvey …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 16 February]

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Government prepared to go ahead with Leaving Cert planning without ASTI support

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government says it is determined to press ahead with planning for the Leaving Cert this year, with or without the agreement of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI). Despite the union’s decision to pull out of planning talks for the exams this week, a spokesman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said planning will continue this weekend as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the Leaving Cert for a second year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Higher Education Minister says DkIT exam results being withheld is ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said DkIT students having their exam results withheld due to industrial action at the college is ‘entirely unacceptable’. The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) Branch at Dundalk Institute of Technology – which represent lecturers and researchers …” (more)

[Michelle O’Keeffe, Dundalk Democrat, 12 February]

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ASTI agrees to fresh talks with Foley after quitting Leaving Cert negotiations

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fresh talks aimed at resolving a row over plans for the Leaving Cert exams are due to begin on Friday between the Minister for Education and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). The union’s decision to pull out of confidential discussions over the exams on Thursday threatened to derail the Government’s plans to provide clarity for tens of thousand of students early next week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Teacher union ASTI votes against new public pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Second-level teachers represented by the ASTI trade union have voted decisively to reject the proposed new public service pay agreement. In a ballot, which concluded on Wednesday, ASTI members voted against the new deal by 79% to 21%. ASTI president Ann Piggott said the proposed agreement did not resolve the problem of unequal pay in teaching, an issue which the union had been pursuing for more than a decade …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 February]

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More than 550 students who sat postponed Leaving Cert to get improved CAO offers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 550 students who sat the postponed Leaving Cert are to receive improved CAO offers this week on foot of securing improved grades in the written exams. A total of 2,000 students who sat the Leaving Cert written exams in November and December received their results last week. Almost 40% of grades achieved were higher than those given through the calculated grade process …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Next academic year will see 5,000 extra students at college compared to 2 years ago

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed that the 2,225 extra college places secured last year during the controversy over the Leaving Certificate calculated grades will be available again this year. He also said he had secured budget funding for more than 2,000 other new places this year, bringing the total to almost 5,000 …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Teachers’ unions call for Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two teachers’ unions have called for the Leaving Certificate exams to go ahead as planned following last year’s difficulty with calculated grades. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have said that the Leaving Cert should go ahead in June, despite calls for the exams to be axed this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 January]

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Foley and unions agree on Leaving Cert but no deal over schools’ return

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley, teacher unions and other education partners have agreed they want the Leaving Cert to go ahead – but they are no closer to getting sixth years back into the classroom. Less than 24 hours after teacher unions pulled the plug on plans to reopen schools on Monday for 60,000 Leaving Cert students and 18,000 pupils with special needs, a new round of talks was under way in an effort to find agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 January]

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Teacher unions split on impact of new deal on two-tier pay scales

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

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have welcomed the proposals for ‘the closing of the pay inequality chapter’. But there has been a muted response from the two second-level teachers’ unions, the ASTI and the TUI, who see two key areas of unfinished business …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 December]

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Teachers’ Union of Ireland opposes new public service pay deal

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to oppose the proposed new public service pay agreement. The TUI leadership said ‘the limited measures contained in the proposed agreement will not end the ongoing scandal of pay discrimination for second level teachers employed on or after 1st January 2011’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Students need clarity on staging of 2021 exams

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are seeking clarity on next year’s Leaving Cert, saying contingencies should be in place to make sure exams can happen, or parameters need to be set out in case teacher-assessed calculated grades are needed again. The Department of Education said the State Examinations Commission intends to run the 2021 exams ‘as normally as possible’, with necessary safety measures in place …” (more)

[Independent, 25 October]

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Covid-19: Schools and colleges to remain open during Level 5 restrictions

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

Ireland“There is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that schools remain safe settings and they will continue to operate during the Level 5 restrictions, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. In a statement, she said the move to increase public health restrictions will support schools to continue to operate safely and sustainably during the pandemic …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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