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New Junior Cert exam could be split in two

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/02/2015. New Junior Cert exam could be split in twoTags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers

According to the Irish Independent this morning, new proposals aimed at solving the Junior Certificate dispute would see exams split in two.

In the 'confidential document' obtained by the Indepedent, the Mediator Dr Travers is suggesting a new Junior Cycle Student Profile of Achievement award which would give one grade for the traditional exams and then list separately what the student achieved in school assessment.

The Mediator is also backing the proposal for two-school based assessments, one in the second year and another in third year - with the results initially reported to students and parents by schools.

The executives of the teachers unions meet today to consider the document. If Dr Travers proposals are accepted by all parties, further discussions will be needed to finalise matters and make arrangements for implementation which may result in a postponement of the proposed roll-out of the new Junior Cert Science syllabus next September.

What do you think - does the Mediators proposal represent at good compromise ?


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