We must preserve what is really valuable and fair for pupils in second-level education

  Some 77,977 people applied for a place in one of Ireland’s 45 third level institutions in 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke

Only 70% of those starting college in September did Leaving Cert in June 2014

Open days give third-level and further education students a great opportunity to assess how good a fit a potential college could b(...)

Leaving Certs wondering what they’ll do after school can start working with online study and career resources

All in the community: VTOS (Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme) learners from Tipperary Education and Training Board at an open day organised by Limerick Community Education Network

Many adults want to learn simply for the sake of learning and the pleasure and life-enhancement it offers

Class action: many of the skills required by employers are in science, technology, engineering or maths, so major capital investment is needed in labs in strategic locations, matching skills and local employment needs

The new further education and training strategy marks a major shift in Government policy but it faces problems with its implementa(...)

The proportion of maths candidates who took the subject at higher level increased from 48 per cent in 2012 to almost 54 per cent in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Last year in which such separate examinations will apply to two groups

If you  have been  offered a CAO place, you have a week to consider whether you wish to accept or reject the place. Any places not accepted by the September 3rd deadline will continue to be offered by the CAO to applicants over the coming six weeks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Other options to consider will be published on cao.ie in the coming weeks

St John’s College Ballyfermot students with their Leaving Cert Results: from left, Dean Hogarty, Luke Noonan, Eoin de Lecy, Nathan Doyle, Robert Swaine, Jordan Doyle Mathew Murphy Kalim Teeling and Dean Cullins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Medicine sees 64 places reoffered while 32 TCD course have R2 offers, many with points drops

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