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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Education Minister

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19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# schoolbook scheme
Primary schools to receive €96 per pupil under free schoolbooks scheme from September
The cost will cover schoolbooks, workbooks, and copybooks for primary school pupils.
Last year
# Spirtans
‘Repulsive and shocking Spiritan revelations merit serious response’, says Education Minister
At least 233 men have made allegations of historical abuse against 77 priests from the Spiritan Congregation religious order.
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# Special Needs
Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.
# Leaving Cert
Harris estimates 1,000 additional college places may be required to deal with calculated grade errors
When asked by in the Dáil earlier, Taoiseach Micheál Martin admitted that there had been two errors made in the Leaving Cert standardisation process.
# Education
1,000 extra secondary teachers to come from job-sharers and registered teachers not working in education
This is one of many measures included in the government’s roadmap to re-opening schools at the end of August.
# Back To School
'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan
A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.
# September reopening
Education minister faces pressure to reveal school reopening plans
Labour leader Alan Kelly called for Education Minister Norma Foley to take questions on the matter next week.
# Education Minister
Leaving Cert exams most likely to start on 29 July, Joe McHugh says
McHugh said that if there is a Plan B for the Leaving Cert, it will be made during the first week in June.
# State Exams
Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days
The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.
# Education Minister
'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action
Talks between the Department of Education and trade union Fórsa are still ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission.
# Staff shortages
Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan
Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed
The minister said the government has a duty to make sure the next generation is informed.
# Schools
Suicide prevention training for secondary school teachers to be expanded
Education Minister Richard Bruton announced that the SafeTALK programme will be rolled out to six further education centres.
# Education
Parents and students will be able to have their say on the use of smartphones in schools
The Education Minister said smartphone use by students “increasingly caused concern”.
# Back To School
Ophelia aftermath: Schools will reopen tomorrow
Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced on Twitter that schools will have to assess the damage done themselves.
# visa factories
'Time is fast running out for rogue operators': Crackdown on English language colleges
“Retaining the status quo is simply not an option,” Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said.
# Education
Good news for teachers looking for work in Ireland in Budget 2015
There will be 1,700 new teaching posts offered next year.
# Education
New funding to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become teachers
Minister Quinn has allocated €19,500 to the programme.
# Changes
Radical shake-up on the cards for country's 10,000 special education teachers
Under the proposals, teachers would be allocated to schools “in line with each school’s educational need for such support”.
# full inquiry
Education Minister backs Archbishop's call for mother-and-baby homes investigation
Diarmuid Martin has called for a “full-bodied investigation” into all mother-and-baby homes.
# Under fire
Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has denied that the Minister was trying to suggest a higher level maths requirement would get more men into the teaching profession.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?
The Education Minister said he wants this to be the case, but is it necessary?
# Your Say
Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?
Reforms expected to be announced later today could make it easier for children to opt-out.
# college fund
College fees to get cut for children of Irish emigrants
The new rates will be in place by this September.
# Junior Cert
Quinn 'regrets' teachers' decision to ballot for industrial action
27,000 ASTI and TUI members are to be balloted on non-co-operation with the new Junior Cycle.
# new studies
English, Irish, Maths... Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subject
Future TDs will be able to get a head start on what they need to know, as part of new plans confirmed by the Education Minister.
# Your Say
Poll: Should religion be taught at home and not in schools?
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn indicated yesterday that families and parishes could take responsibility for religious education.
# Education
Reading and maths grades continue to improve in DEIS schools — report
Gains throughout the lifetime of the program are ‘consistent’, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said.
# Ballyfermot
Parents call for clarity after learning of possible school closure through Facebook
A meeting was held with management of other primary schools in the area this week, where the practicalities of accommodating the De La Salle pupils were discussed.
# fixing it
School repair grants worth €68m reintroduced
The grants were scrapped in 2012. They’ll allow schools to carry out minor works like fixing roofs and windows.
# not adding up
Chief Inspector's Report highlights problems with Maths and Irish teaching
The teaching of Irish was found to be “problematic” in almost one in three lessons at post-primary, while Maths teaching was found to be “satisfactory or better” in just 77 per cent of schools monitored.
# Leaving Cert
Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"
The minister had ordered that the SEC take the errors into account when marking the exam. Results are due out on Wednesday.
# Education
Education Minister quizzed over needs of schoolchildren with Down Syndrome
The group are looking for the Minister to recognise that children with Down Syndrome have complex and enduring needs.
# Growing up in Ireland
Boys ditch homework and mitch school (but still better at maths than girls)
An ESRI conference heard boys are more likely than girls to be absent from school and less likely to do homework.
Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key
TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.
# Education
Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'
The minister is to publish a bill which will curtail the “over-use of preferential treatment” in the enrolment process.
# Mario Vargas Llosa
Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin
Mario Vargas Llosa has been an important figure in world literature since the 1960s – and will speak to students and some lucky members of the public at Spanish institute in Dublin.
# falling down
VIDEO: Students make direct appeal to Education Minister to fix their school
Students at NewPark Comprehensive School in Dublin have been promised a new school building for years – but now it’s been delayed yet again. Now they’ve taken matters into their own hands.
# Universities
Quinn says no to 'narrow focus' on university performance
The Times Higher Education world reputation rankings failed to feature an Irish university – but the Education Minister indicated this is not a cause for concern.