A proposal to award CAO points to students who secure less than 40 per cent in higher-level Leaving Certificate exams has been criticised as a dumbing(...)

The Institute of Guidance Councillors has welcomed plans to award “compensatory” CAO points to students who score below the existing 40 per cent pass (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is bringing proposals to Cabinet this week which would see the threshold drop in a move first proposed by a third-level taskforce, to encourage more students to do higher level and reduce the worry of losing out on CAO points for failing at higher level

A lower bar for failing the Leaving Certificate at higher level, which would see students awarded points even if they drop below 40 per cent, will be (...)

Tom Boland, chief executive of the  Higher Education Authority,  said some universities were  “lamentably slow, even contradictory” in reducing number of courses.

Several universities are blocking attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to reduce the number of entry courses in a bid to simplify the th(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said any public sector pay deal must include reforms to work practices. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Comments from Fine Gael politicians suggesting that any reversals to public sector pay cuts must be accompanied by measures to increase productivity (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said last week she hoped teachers “will come in numbers” to attend CPD

The first of a series of pickets of teacher training centres took place on Monday to obstruct the roll-out of the new junior cycle programme.Members o(...)

Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, addresses delegates at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ministers are used to being booed and heckled at teacher conferences but not Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. A warm reception from the INTO i(...)

A small step on asylum

If official reports and political commitments had been acted upon, thousands of asylum seekers would be in a better place. As things stand, they are d(...)

Fair access to education

How many places should be reserved for the children of former pupils who attended a particular school? Ruairí Quinn, as education minister, favoured a(...)

NUIG initiated a task force in January in response to an Equality Tribunal finding in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington late last year

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged NUI Galway (NUIG) to ensure there is “proper consultation” with staff on the issue of gender equality.(...)