Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Delegations from the TUI and ASTI, the two unions representing second-level teachers, are meeting her  this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

300 principals likely to leave this year, raising fresh concerns over school leadership

Paul Rowe of Educate Together: says there  have been unexpected hold-ups due to “real estate” problems, including that many schools earmarked for transfer were owned by religious trusts or foundations

Just second school to be divested from religious patronage opens in Mayo today

The number of students studying a third language is declining year on year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Education consultation paper is aimed at creating a new languages strategy by 2015

The Competition Authority intervened over a school uniform issue at a Dublin school. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Manufacturer refused to supply uniforms to second retailer after competitor’s representations

Paranoid about androids? Serious thinkers are warning about the rise of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

AI could lead to human extinction, says philosopher Nick Bostrom

Prof Philip Nolan, president of NUI Maynooth and chair of the Irish Universities Association’s task group on reform of university selection and entry

Chair of reform group says colleges are ‘trapped in internal competition’

The third-level institution, which will be known as Maynooth University from September 1st under a rebranding exercise, is seeking to reverse a trend across the sector of forcing school-leavers into narrow college entry routes. Photograph:  Frank Miller

University plans to reduce entry courses from 50 to as few as 15 amid calls for further changes to points system

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Parents council says information on course places, published by ‘The Irish Times’ today, should be provided as standard

A checklist at the CAO helpline run by the National Parents Council Post Primary in Glasnevin, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

50 per cent received first preference with round two offers to be issued on Thursday

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