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O’Brien calls Minister’s Junior Cert assessment plans a money-making exercise

27 November, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, to outline her rationale for imposing internal school assessment on the new junior cycle system.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“The real block here in the dispute with teachers is the issue of internal assessment and the Minister has failed to outline what the educational benefit would be, if any.

“While I recognise, and parents recognise, that teachers assess students’ progress every day in schools, introducing that into the junior cycle would present a range of problems alongside the Minister’s failure to outline what the educational benefits would be.

“The Minister keeps repeating that “there is evidence” to support her claims and yet she has continually failed to outline what this evidence is here.

“And further to the point, even if the Minister could provide evidence to back up her claims, there is nothing to suggest that teachers can deliver this given the massive cutbacks to resources that schools have already faced.

“The fact is that in the absence of a convincing argument in favour of school-based assessment this appears to be a money-making exercise for the Minister and her Department.

“I am calling on the Minister to revisit this issue as a matter of urgency and desist from her attempts to paint teachers as being unreasonable on this matter.”

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