Update: Intermediate School Examination at Second Level – Education 8th October, 2014

8th October 2014 - Bernard Durkan TD


Ceist Pharlaiminte

Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the
replacement for the intermediate school examination at second level; the extent
to which the various stakeholders have reached agreement on the issue; and if
she will make a statement on the matter.
– Bernard J. Durkan.

* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 8th October, 2014.
Reference Number: 38445/14


Minister Jan O’Sullivan

Since I have come into office I have met with parents, teacher and school
management representatives and discussed Junior Cycle reform with all these
groups. At my invitation, the teacher unions have outlined to me their concerns
in relation to aspects of the proposed reforms. In doing so, the unions
underlined teacher support for the reforms that will lead to better quality
teaching and learning experiences and thence outcomes for students I am
currently considering the concerns which were raised by teacher
representatives, and what different forms of engagement might be considered to
facilitate an overall agreement.


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