Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/03/2013. Tags: Secondary School News
The pressure on Leaving Certificate
students in Ireland is to be reduced, it has been revealed.
According to the Department of Education, plans are being introduced
that form part of a commitment to relieve some of the points pressure felt by pupils .
These changes will include the number of available degree programmes being brought down, with courses becoming more broadly-based.
In addition, there is to be a greater emphasis on addressing problematic predictability in the Leaving Certificate examinations and to cut the number of grading bands.
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn said "the high stakes nature of the Leaving Certificate exam, particularly as it is used for determining entry to higher education, has had a negative effect on teaching and learning".
Mr Quinn explained that as a result of this, many academics have raised concerns that students are entering their first year of higher education without being adequately equipped to analyse problems and to think critically.
Written by Donal Walsh