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# education-minister - Monday 11 January, 2021

Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister

Jan 11th 2021, 3:47 PM 24,021 Views 45 Comments

Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.

# education-minister - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Harris estimates 1,000 additional college places may be required to deal with calculated grade errors
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Harris estimates 1,000 additional college places may be required to deal with calculated grade errors

Updated Sep 30th 2020, 8:10 PM 42,362 Views 58 Comments

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-minister - Monday 27 July, 2020

1,000 extra secondary teachers to come from job-sharers and registered teachers not working in education
# Education
# Education

1,000 extra secondary teachers to come from job-sharers and registered teachers not working in education

Jul 27th 2020, 10:40 PM 31,869 Views 42 Comments

This is one of many measures included in the government’s roadmap to re-opening schools at the end of August.

# education-minister - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan
# Back To School
# Back To School

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

Jul 24th 2020, 1:19 PM 23,105 Views 44 Comments

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

# education-minister - Thursday 23 July, 2020

Education minister faces pressure to reveal school reopening plans
# September Reopening
# September Reopening

Education minister faces pressure to reveal school reopening plans

Jul 23rd 2020, 3:05 PM 31,916 Views 55 Comments

Labour leader Alan Kelly called for Education Minister Norma Foley to take questions on the matter next week.

# education-minister - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

Leaving Cert exams most likely to start on 29 July, Joe McHugh says
# Education Minister
# Education Minister

Leaving Cert exams most likely to start on 29 July, Joe McHugh says

Apr 21st 2020, 11:32 PM 25,721 Views 57 Comments

McHugh said that if there is a Plan B for the Leaving Cert, it will be made during the first week in June.

# education-minister - Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days
# State Exams
# State Exams

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days

Apr 8th 2020, 1:33 PM 77,916 Views 101 Comments

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.

# education-minister - Friday 10 January, 2020

'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action
# Education Minister
# Education Minister

'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action

Updated Jan 10th 2020, 2:25 PM 17,352 Views 40 Comments

Talks between the Department of Education and trade union Fórsa are still ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission.

# education-minister - Monday 22 April, 2019

Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan
# Staff Shortages
# Staff Shortages

Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan

Apr 22nd 2019, 6:45 AM 39,953 Views 83 Comments

Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.

# education-minister - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed

Nov 17th 2018, 1:18 AM 16,465 Views 61 Comments

The minister said the government has a duty to make sure the next generation is informed.

# education-minister - Monday 9 July, 2018

Suicide prevention training for secondary school teachers to be expanded
# Schools
# Schools

Suicide prevention training for secondary school teachers to be expanded

Jul 9th 2018, 8:51 AM 10,343 Views 43 Comments

Education Minister Richard Bruton announced that the SafeTALK programme will be rolled out to six further education centres.

# education-minister - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

Parents and students will be able to have their say on the use of smartphones in schools
# Education
# Education

Parents and students will be able to have their say on the use of smartphones in schools

Apr 4th 2018, 8:21 AM 16,320 Views 63 Comments

The Education Minister said smartphone use by students “increasingly caused concern”.

# education-minister - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Ophelia aftermath: Schools will reopen tomorrow
# Back To School
# Back To School

Ophelia aftermath: Schools will reopen tomorrow

Oct 17th 2017, 4:16 PM 13,945 Views 35 Comments

Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced on Twitter that schools will have to assess the damage done themselves.

# education-minister - Monday 25 May, 2015

'Time is fast running out for rogue operators': Crackdown on English language colleges
# Visa Factories
# Visa Factories

'Time is fast running out for rogue operators': Crackdown on English language colleges

May 25th 2015, 5:55 PM 18,031 Views 57 Comments

“Retaining the status quo is simply not an option,” Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said.

# education-minister - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

Good news for teachers looking for work in Ireland in Budget 2015
# Education
# Education

Good news for teachers looking for work in Ireland in Budget 2015

Oct 14th 2014, 3:51 PM 7,957 Views 11 Comments

There will be 1,700 new teaching posts offered next year.

# education-minister - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

New funding to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become teachers
# Education
# Education

New funding to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become teachers

Jun 24th 2014, 7:45 AM 9,266 Views 27 Comments

Minister Quinn has allocated €19,500 to the programme.

# education-minister - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Radical shake-up on the cards for country's 10,000 special education teachers
# Changes
# Changes

Radical shake-up on the cards for country's 10,000 special education teachers

Jun 18th 2014, 11:01 AM 8,712 Views 17 Comments

Under the proposals, teachers would be allocated to schools “in line with each school’s educational need for such support”.

# education-minister - Monday 9 June, 2014

Education Minister backs Archbishop's call for mother-and-baby homes investigation
# Full Inquiry
# Full Inquiry

Education Minister backs Archbishop's call for mother-and-baby homes investigation

Jun 9th 2014, 9:02 AM 4,164 Views 29 Comments

Diarmuid Martin has called for a “full-bodied investigation” into all mother-and-baby homes.

# education-minister - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
# Under Fire
# Under Fire

Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'

Apr 23rd 2014, 10:40 AM 14,680 Views 126 Comments

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.

Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?

Apr 23rd 2014, 9:08 AM 23,560 Views 238 Comments

The Education Minister said he wants this to be the case, but is it necessary?

# education-minister - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?

Apr 22nd 2014, 9:10 AM 23,291 Views 315 Comments

Reforms expected to be announced later today could make it easier for children to opt-out.

# education-minister - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

College fees to get cut for children of Irish emigrants
# College Fund
# College Fund

College fees to get cut for children of Irish emigrants

Mar 18th 2014, 2:20 PM 18,616 Views 33 Comments

The new rates will be in place by this September.

# education-minister - Friday 14 February, 2014

Quinn 'regrets' teachers' decision to ballot for industrial action
# Junior Cert
# Junior Cert

Quinn 'regrets' teachers' decision to ballot for industrial action

Feb 14th 2014, 7:26 PM 12,888 Views 68 Comments

27,000 ASTI and TUI members are to be balloted on non-co-operation with the new Junior Cycle.

# education-minister - Thursday 30 January, 2014

English, Irish, Maths... Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subject
# New Studies
# New Studies

English, Irish, Maths... Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subject

Jan 30th 2014, 11:02 AM 11,520 Views 49 Comments

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.

# education-minister - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Poll: Should religion be taught at home and not in schools?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should religion be taught at home and not in schools?

Jan 25th 2014, 9:43 AM 19,962 Views 309 Comments

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn indicated yesterday that families and parishes could take responsibility for religious education.

# education-minister - Monday 16 December, 2013

Reading and maths grades continue to improve in DEIS schools — report
# Education
# Education

Reading and maths grades continue to improve in DEIS schools — report

Dec 16th 2013, 5:01 PM 7,707 Views 19 Comments

Gains throughout the lifetime of the program are ‘consistent’, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said.

# education-minister - Friday 8 November, 2013

Parents call for clarity after learning of possible school closure through Facebook
# Ballyfermot
# Ballyfermot

Parents call for clarity after learning of possible school closure through Facebook

Nov 8th 2013, 4:23 PM 21,039 Views 22 Comments

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.

# education-minister - Thursday 7 November, 2013

School repair grants worth €68m reintroduced
# Fixing It
# Fixing It

School repair grants worth €68m reintroduced

Nov 7th 2013, 7:59 AM 3,247 Views 3 Comments

The grants were scrapped in 2012. They’ll allow schools to carry out minor works like fixing roofs and windows.

# education-minister - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Chief Inspector's Report highlights problems with Maths and Irish teaching
# Not Adding Up
# Not Adding Up

Chief Inspector's Report highlights problems with Maths and Irish teaching

Nov 5th 2013, 10:31 AM 6,616 Views 58 Comments

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.

# education-minister - Monday 2 September, 2013

# education-minister - Monday 12 August, 2013

Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"

Aug 12th 2013, 8:17 PM 8,499 Views 29 Comments

The minister had ordered that the SEC take the errors into account when marking the exam. Results are due out on Wednesday.

# education-minister - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Education Minister quizzed over needs of schoolchildren with Down Syndrome
# Education
# Education

Education Minister quizzed over needs of schoolchildren with Down Syndrome

Jun 26th 2013, 8:08 PM 4,883 Views 13 Comments

The group are looking for the Minister to recognise that children with Down Syndrome have complex and enduring needs.

# education-minister - Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Boys ditch homework and mitch school (but still better at maths than girls)
# Growing Up In Ireland
# Growing Up In Ireland

Boys ditch homework and mitch school (but still better at maths than girls)

May 8th 2013, 4:29 PM 9,178 Views 38 Comments

An ESRI conference heard boys are more likely than girls to be absent from school and less likely to do homework.

# education-minister - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key

May 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 647 Views 46 Comments

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-minister - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'
# Education
# Education

Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'

Apr 3rd 2013, 8:18 AM 6,639 Views 41 Comments

The minister is to publish a bill which will curtail the “over-use of preferential treatment” in the enrolment process.

# education-minister - Sunday 3 June, 2012

Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin
# Mario Vargas Llosa
# Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin

Jun 3rd 2012, 7:45 AM 2,193 Views 1 Comment

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.

# education-minister - Sunday 6 May, 2012

VIDEO: Students make direct appeal to Education Minister to fix their school
# Falling Down
# Falling Down

VIDEO: Students make direct appeal to Education Minister to fix their school

May 6th 2012, 10:23 AM 4,414 Views 20 Comments

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.

# education-minister - Saturday 28 April, 2012

Quinn says no to 'narrow focus' on university performance
# Universities
# Universities

Quinn says no to 'narrow focus' on university performance

Apr 28th 2012, 7:45 AM 2,231 Views 6 Comments

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.

# education-minister - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Silent protest held as Quinn speaks at INTO conference
# Teachers
# Teachers

Silent protest held as Quinn speaks at INTO conference

Apr 10th 2012, 11:32 AM 3,685 Views 18 Comments

The Education Minister was speaking to hundreds of primary school teachers at the INTO conference today when a group stood and held banners that included slogans like “save our schools”.

# education-minister - Monday 12 March, 2012

Caption competition: Cold shoulder or shy boy?
# Picture This
From The Daily Edge
# Picture This

Caption competition: Cold shoulder or shy boy?

Mar 12th 2012, 1:54 PM 5,230 Views 41 Comments

This is how one junior infants student reacted to a visit from the Education Minister today…

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