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Reform of ‘points’ system must be done fairly – Deputy Séan Crowe

31 May, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Séan Crowe has welcomed a commitment by Minister Ruairí Quinn that his Department will look at reforming the existing ‘points’ system in order to lessen the pressure placed on teachers and students preparing for the Leaving Certificate exam.

He continued: “In an address to the Royal Irish Academy, Minister Ruairí Quinn made clear that reform is needed of the ‘points’ system which is impacting on the learning experience of students preparing for the Leaving Certificate exam as well as teachers implementing the curriculum.

“Reform of the system is undoubtedly needed but any change must be based on fairness and equality with the emphasis on bringing every school up to a minimum high standard. Thinking in terms of radical new approaches and alternatives to the current arrangements is good in theory but cannot be achieved if essential frontline services are cut.

“The introduction of a system of self-evaluation, that requires all schools to evaluate their own performance year-on-year and to publish information across a wide range of criteria will only work if schools in disadvantaged areas are supported.

“Failing to do this,” Deputy Crowe concluded, “will only widen the two tier education system where the children of lower income families lose out.” ENDS

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