Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/01/2016. Tags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers
RENUA unveiled it’s party manifesto yesterday in preparation for the forthcoming election.
The main priorities set out in its manifesto for education are: Lead the biggest change in early childcare since free education in the 1960’s
Implement strong regulation and a standard learning curriculum for crèches
Standardise tests in primary schools to ensure no child is left behind
Restore pupil teacher ratios to best international practice
Commit to replacing the Leaving Certificate with assessment so that one bad day doesn’t ruin a child’s life chances
Develop proper third level income streams for colleges to stop Ireland’s slide down the world rankings
One of the most striking proposals in the manifesto is to end the current Leaving Certificate and replace it with a new system where only 30% of the overall mark will be exam-based with the rest being “task orientated” under a self-assessment and apprentice-based system.
According to it's manifesto, "RENUA Ireland believes that access to applied subjects needs to be greatly expanded. This includes links to industry for people interested in careers in tourism and hospitality, retail, fashion and design, agriculture, car maintenance, or crafts and trades like woodwork, metalwork and construction studies. Students should have access to practical, fit-for-purpose applied leaving certificates that provide for a mix of work experience modules and academic tuition. Poland, Germany and other countries successfully operate this system, and so should we. "
The full manifesto can be viewed here – details of their proposed education policies can be viewed in section 15 of the manifesto