A secret  memo has revealed that abolishing the Junior Certificate exam was considered more than six years ago, as a money-saving exercise.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A money-saving proposal to terminate free education at secondary level was considered by the Fianna Fáil-Green coalition just days before it agreed t(...)

Ministers Frances Fitzgerald and Jan O’Sullivan announce major reforms of the international student sector. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Another sector governed by light touch regulation; another mopping up exercise. Two Ministers stood shoulder to shoulder yesterday and assured interna(...)

Students from Eden College pictured outside the language school which recently closed owing €1.4 million to creditors. From left: Patrick Kashanga, Malawi; Bruno Francio, Brazil; Neo Odirile, Botswana; Innocent Kwerani, Malawi; Eduardo Cardoso, Brazil. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The owner of Eden College has denied that he “trousered” school fees from students prior to the English language college closing last month.Amid heate(...)

Children in junior infants at Scoil Naomh Feichín, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Years ago in Ireland the classroom was organised along military lines: children in tight rows facing the blackboard with little scope for movement or (...)