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# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 22 December, 2011

Exam board to address Leaving Cert 'predictability'

A report published by the Department of Education today was critical of “rote learning” and highlighted the common practice of memorising pre-packaged answers.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 12 December, 2011

Budget 2012 will 'devastate' disadvantaged schools - INTO

The teachers’ union has said that disadvantaged schools will lose hundreds of teaching posts – which will instead be reallocated to schools in better off areas.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 4 December, 2011

In photos: Memorable Budget days of the past Budget 2012 This post contains images

In photos: Memorable Budget days of the past

Bruton’s VAT on children’s shoes, McCreevy’s decentralisation, Mac the Knife, ‘turning a corner’ – and plenty more.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Cabinet meets to finalise Budget spending cuts

Ministers are due to meet this morning for final discussions on next month’s Budget, with welfare expected to be on the chopping block.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 21 November, 2011

Quinn refuses to rule out blanket cull of postgraduate grants

Ruairí Quinn admits the Budget will be so tough that a blanket cut to postgraduate student grants “cannot be ruled out”.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 18 November, 2011

Religious rule should be abolished and schools transferred from Church patronage

The Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in primary schools has recommended a number of changes to the patronage of schools in Ireland.

# ruairi-quinn - 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.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

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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.

Thousands of students expected to march against fees

A march is to take place in Dublin today where students and families will descend on Government buildings to protest against the possible re-introduction of third-level fees.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 11 November, 2011

Gilmore urges other banks to follow AIB with rate cut

The Tánaiste has called on Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank to also pass on the ECB rate reduction to mortgage customers.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Report expected to make the case for capping places in college

Ruairí Quinn is set to receive a report outlining the need for student numbers to be capped in order to avoid the return of fees.

Over €2 million being spent on payslips described as 'shameful'

Some departments have done better than others in implementing electronic systems but the TD who uncovered the figures slammed the government.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 7 November, 2011

Talk of job cuts is 'soul-destroying' for teachers - union

There have been reports that the government is prepared to cut as many as 2,000 teaching posts in the forthcoming budget.

# ruairi-quinn - 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.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Students brand government 'liars' over tuition fee promises

The Union of Students in Ireland has launched a new campaign to prevent further increases in college fees.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 21 October, 2011

Teachers welcome delay in changes to Junior Cert

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said the introduction of a limit on subjects for Junior Cert students will not be rolled out until 2014.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 11 October, 2011

Cost of school books to be reduced to loan schemes

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said today that education book publishers will reduce the cost of school books in schools that run book rental schemes by between 12 and 17.5 per cent.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 7 October, 2011

State given three weeks to file defence in review of college grants

The Union of Students in Ireland is seeking a judicial review into changes of the third-level grants system.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 19 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know before 9am: Man in court over Roscommon stabbing, eateries lose millions in food waste, and the latest institution to ban men with red hair…

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.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Almost 60,000 Junior Cert students to receive results

There has been an increase in the number of pupils sitting higher level maths and science.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Poll: Should third-level tuition fees be reintroduced? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should third-level tuition fees be reintroduced?

Academics have said that Irish universities face a “speedy decline” if fees are not brought back. So what do you think?

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 30 August, 2011

Quinn has "started the process" of addressing school costs

These include the cost of school books and the voluntary school fees imposed by some Irish schools.

# ruairi-quinn - 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.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 17 August, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

All the things you may have missed: Calls for Leaving Cert reform, Dublin’s Catholics could face a ‘church levy’, a bad day at work for someone in CityJet, and when Tom Waits met Cookie Monster…

In numbers: how Ireland's students fared in Leaving Cert 2011

Which subjects had the best pass rates? Which had the fewest taking higher level? We’ve crunched the numbers to find out.

Nearly 58,000 students discover their Leaving Certificate results

Anxious moments for students across the country as they find out if they’ve got the points they need…

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 16 August, 2011

Poll: Should the State introduce a student loan scheme? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the State introduce a student loan scheme?

Today we ask you: should a state-funded student loan scheme be introduced?

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 12 August, 2011

Ruairí Quinn approves €35million for large new 'education campus'

The 20-acre site in Monaghan will include primary, secondary and further education facilities and a state-of-the-art theatre.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 29 July, 2011

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: New bid to tackle hospital waiting lists, still no progress in the US debt crisis, and bad news if you think you’ve just won a Jaguar…

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 28 July, 2011

High points: Science could be next to offer a bonus to Leaving Cert students

The education minister has said that offering extra Leaving Cert points to students who sit Science subjects is a possibility.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 22 July, 2011

Take 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

Sisters of Mercy will not meet with Quinn

The Sisters of Mercy have said they will not attend a meeting with Education Minister Ruairí Quinn this afternoon.

Will religious congregations attend key meeting with Ruairí Quinn?

How much compensation the Church pays to victims of abuse in residential institutions is up for discussion.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

Quinn to press ahead with religious orders meeting… will they show up?

A meeting to discuss congregations giving more towards the compensation bill is set for Friday, but religious orders are threatening to boycott.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 18 July, 2011

Students launch High Court challenge against 'savage' cuts to grants

The Union of Students in Ireland says students could not have expected grants to be slashed by up to 60 per cent.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning: Darren Clarke’s remarkable Open triumph, how Irish households are under new financial pressure, and the new trend replacing ‘planking’…

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Government wins Dáil vote on SNAs

A motion was also put forward to reverse the cuts to Special Needs Assistants but, notably, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn was not present to vote against it.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 11 July, 2011

Junior Cert students want classes on sex and drugs

A nationwide consultation on Junior Cert reform finds that students want more education on social issues.