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# department-of-education - Thursday 29 March, 2012

‘Inappropriate’ for teachers to befriend pupils on Facebook – Quinn Child Protection This post contains a poll

‘Inappropriate’ for teachers to befriend pupils on Facebook – Quinn

The education minister says he cannot see how it could be appropriate for teachers to communicate with their students online.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Teacher healthcare service cost Dept of Education €1m last year

The department said that the system has led to a 15 per cent reduction in teacher absenteeism over four years.

# department-of-education - Thursday 1 March, 2012

€35m prefab replacement fund announced for schools

The Department of Education is offering grants for the construction of permanent school structures to replace rented prefabs.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

All secondary schools to have high-speed broadband by 2014

Every secondary school in Ireland will be supplied with 100Mbps connections to provide quick connections in every classroom.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Quinn orders probe of €100m taxpayer funding for private schools

The extent of State payments to fee-charging schools will be reviewed, the Department of Education has confirmed.

# department-of-education - Thursday 17 November, 2011

USI denies 'collusion' with Gardaí to stop 'Occupy University' protest

A student group affiliated to the Occupy movement claims USI and Gardaí combined to stop them from joining yesterday’s rally.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

In pics: Third-level students march in free fees protest Student Protest This post contains images

In pics: Third-level students march in free fees protest

Gorillas, Pinocchio and dogs make an appearance at a colourful – but angry – protest against any potential reintroduction of fees.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

6,000 construction workers to benefit from €35m EU aid

The European Parliament’s budget committee approves €35.7m in aid for almost 6,000 people laid off in the construction sector.

# department-of-education - Monday 7 November, 2011

14 new schools completed this year

The 14 schools were delivered under the Rapid Delivery programme – but we will know on Thursday if cuts to capital projects affects the building of future schools under this programme.

# department-of-education - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Junior Cert to be significantly changed under new scheme

Minister of Education gives his approval to NCCA’s proposals to change the focus of the Junior Cert from rote learning and state exams.

# department-of-education - Friday 28 October, 2011

Government delays could mean unemployed miss out on €35million EU aid

The “clock is ticking” for Ireland to win support from a European fund, an EU official has said.

# department-of-education - Thursday 27 October, 2011

Transport operators launch EU challenge over school transport system

The Coach Tourism & Transport Council will ask the European Commission to investigate how Ireland organises school transport.

# department-of-education - Friday 21 October, 2011

Displaced Priory Hall children will be bussed to old schools

Funding has been provided for a school bus to bring the children from their temporary accommodation.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

NAMA suggests 332 apartments to be used for Priory Hall residents

NAMA hands handed over a list of properties which could be used to house residents, and will cover the cost of completion works.

# department-of-education - Monday 19 September, 2011

Students win new independent appeals process for university grants

The Union of Students in Ireland has hailed the establishment of a central appeals board by minister Ruairí Quinn.

# department-of-education - Friday 26 August, 2011

Exams likely to be downgraded in radical Junior Cert reforms

A new system of portfolio-based assessment is “on the cards”, the Department of Education has confirmed.

# department-of-education - Friday 8 July, 2011

Eighty per cent of parents worried about school costs

A new budget planner has been introduced as parents voice their concerns over the cost of schooling their children.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 28 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Summer, it's literally not what it used to be Organised Confusion

Summer, it's literally not what it used to be

Most of us learnt in school that summer was in May, June and July but that’s not what Met Éireann says…

# department-of-education - Thursday 16 June, 2011

Surprise! Secondary teachers to face unannounced inspections

Currently teachers receive advance warning of an inspector’s visit, but this is set to change.

# department-of-education - Monday 13 June, 2011

Changes to school enrolment procedures proposed

The Minister for Education has published a discussion document containing proposals that would ban school administration practices that disadvantage some children.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

10 per cent cut in special needs support for schools - report

The Department of Education said that the reduced allocation of special needs teaching hours could be increased in some schools – if demand is less than expected.

# department-of-education - Monday 30 May, 2011

Education minister says the CAO system needs to change

Ruairi Quinn says that radical new approaches and more complex entry routes to third level education are needed. He says it is a priority for his department.

# department-of-education - Saturday 21 May, 2011

250 language support teachers will be out of a job in September

In a surprise move, the Department of Education has doubled the number of language teachers to be cut. It says the public service recruitment embargo means that the posts must be transferred elsewhere.

# department-of-education - Thursday 12 May, 2011

Schools works suspended as building firm claims Government owes "substantial monies"

Cordil Construction has temporarily suspended some 450 jobs claiming it is owed money from Government departments, including the HSE and the Department of Education for projects.

# department-of-education - Friday 18 March, 2011

Parents' fears over future of small primary schools

Fears among parent groups that Department of Education review could lead to the closure of local schools

# department-of-education - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

Hundreds of teachers face chop under Department orders

The Department of Education tells principals that temporary jobs – many of which are already filled – will be reassigned.

# department-of-education - Saturday 5 March, 2011

School secretaries vote for industrial action over wage cuts

72 per cent of school secretaries and caretakers vote for industrial action over a 5 per cent pay cut imposed in January.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Students protesters occupy Dept of Education grounds

The activists have erected a marquee in the grounds of the department to discuss “alternative education”.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 30 November, 2010

Unemployed to work for free under new scheme

Unemployed teachers and non-teachers could work for up to nine months for their dole payments under a new scheme.

# department-of-education - Thursday 4 November, 2010

Coughlan defends education spending

The Táiniste explains why the Department of Education has failed to spend its budget for the second year in a row.

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