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# Minister for Education

2nd June 2023
Tributes paid to ASTI president Miriam Duggan who has died following a short illness
The Union said Duggan “worked tirelessly” as a voice for teachers in Ireland.
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# High Court
Deaf child brings High Court action over lack of Irish Sign Language teacher at school
It is claimed that the lack of supports may have left him years behind his potential.
# State Exams
Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today
Of the 4,925 grades being sent to students today, 40% were higher than their Calculated Grade results.
# Minister for Education
Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.
# Calculated Grades
6,100 students to get text message this evening upgrading their LC result
The results of the review were announced this evening by the Department of Education.
# Calculated Grades
Second home-schooled pupil 'unlikely' to have Leaving Cert results case heard in court this month
The student has made an application to the court to receive ‘calculated grades’.
# 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.
# repair work
Minister for Education issues new court action against Western Building Systems
40 schools built by the firm have required remedial work to fix structural issues.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government
Teachers will provide an estimate of the percentage mark each student is likely to have achieved.
# Minister for Education
Latest plan for Leaving Cert will see exams start on July 29th, minister says
Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed that the State exam would begin on Wednesday 29 July.
# new sex ed plan
Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'
The minister said the ethos of the school is central to any curriculum and will be protected.
# equal pay
'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn
Some secretaries don’t have regular hours, don’t get paid for the Christmas or summer breaks, while others aren’t entitled to sick pay or a pension.
# High Court
Refusal to allow child with 'complex educational needs' attend school during summer challenged in High Court
The action has been taken on behalf of a six-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome.
# Minister for Education
Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages
The scheme aims to solve recruitment problems in subjects such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics.
# public consultation
'Huge' number of responses on how to exempt students from studying Irish
Over 2,100 responses were submitted in the weeks before Christmas, so the government has extended the deadline for submissions.
# Industrial Action
'We've been hit quite a few times': Teachers' union on why pay changes are needed
Education Minister Richard Bruton said that it isn’t possible to negotiate a deal for teachers separate to other public sectors.
# Court of Appeal
Court rejects government order that would have compelled school to enroll student
A departmental committee decided that the boy should be given a place – but that has been overruled twice now.
# Minister for Education
Richard Bruton rules himself out as Fine Gael leader - and will back Leo Varadkar
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announced she wouldn’t be running earlier this morning.
# jury still out
The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education
Teachers union the INTO said that the “jury was out” on the new resource model.
# no day off
Kids, you're going to school: Teachers call off strike
The industrial action was due to impact about 350 schools across the country.
# splash the cash
Is your area getting a new school? Here's the full list
The government has announced hundreds of new school building projects.
# same love
This poster is being introduced to classrooms to teach children about same-sex families
The ‘Different Families, Same Love’ campaign aims to celebrate different family structures.
# Asylum seeker
Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer
The minister for education has intervened in the matter.
# Your Say
Poll: Should schools be forced to allow generic uniforms?
Many schools across the country only allow specialised uniforms from one particular shop. Should this be allowed?
# admissions
Schools will have to cap the number of past pupils' children they admit
Minister Jan O’Sullivan is due to announce new legislation later today.
'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'
Parents are voicing their concerns over the Primary Online Education being rolled out in schools across the country.
Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn't linked to the austerity agenda?
We live in a time of austerity – and education is being targeted along with other elements of society.
# jcsa
Hundreds of teachers won't be trained for the new English curriculum by September
It has prompted renewed calls from the opposition for changes to the Junior Cycle to be delayed.
# Reshuffle
Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister
The Minister announced last week that he will be ending up his career in politics after almost four decades.
# I'm out
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet
The Labour TD will step down after the reshuffle, he confirmed today.
# The Educators
'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister
Ruairi Quinn says that because three of the four members of the Economic Management Council are teachers, he never has to fight for funding.
# Resources
Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity
Minister Ruairi Quinn has stressed that there are currently no plans to reassess resource levels.
# 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?
# Workload
Ireland's primary school principals are at breaking point, says INTO
General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the workload of principals needs to be reviewed.
# Primary School
School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn also said he was disappointed in the lack of “genuinely inclusive schools”.
# 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.
# Support
Government approves another €60k for parental anti-bullying training
More than 3,000 parents took part in the training courses over the last year.
# Education
Legislation aims to 'inspire confidence' in schools enrolment policies
The Bill would require schools to include a statement in their enrolment policy saying that pupils would not be discriminated against.
# Secondary School
Teachers say teenagers experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the recession
The ASTI are calling for more resources to help students with emotional difficulties or who are victims of bullying.
# Junk Food
Tuck shop crackdown: Quinn to issue healthy eating guidelines for schools
Minister Ruairí Quinn said he could not “dictate” what is sold in the vending machines in schools.