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Minister Ruairi Quinn

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 20, 2012

TEACHERS have nothing to worry about in assessing their own students for the new-style Junior Cert, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has insisted.

He said they would only be doing what they are already doing for pupils in non-exam years, such as second and fifth year.

Mr Quinn recently rolled out plans for a radical reform of theJunior Cert, aimed at replacing the traditional exam with a system of continuous assessment by teachers.

The change has been driven by a need to get away from “rote learning” and teaching to the test, and educating teenagers to think for themselves.

There has been hostile reaction from teacher unions to the scale of change involved and concerns have been expressed about the extra workload, training and the implications for pupil-teacher relations .



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