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Minister to block school league tables

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 25/06/2014. Minister to block school league tablesTags: Education And Politics Parenting

The Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, has secured Cabinet approval to prevent the public and media from accessing exams data which they could use to compile secondary school league tables.

The Minister has defended his decision on the basis that such league tables do not give the “full picture”. "It's not that they're misleading…They just don't capture the full story," he said.

"I think it's unfair to some of the schools if you compare 'school X' with 'school Y' purely on the basis of how many of their graduates or students go on to third-level college."

The Minister said the information was purely based on reports from third-level institutions into where their students come from, and that comparing schools purely on where their graduates went to college is not fair.

Do you agree with the Minister - leave your comments below.

Here at, whilst we don’t create comparative league tables based on the data, as like the Minister we believe they don’t provide the full picture, we do however publish the data for individual schools on our site. The data for the last seven years can be viewed on our site – an example for an individual school can be seen here. We believe that the data should be available to parents if they wish to review it as part, and we stress 'as part', of the criteria they use when considering a school.

Let us know whether you think we should be able to display the information in this way – what do you think?


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