A spokesman for the State Examinations Commission said the ideal test would be to get a former student to sit the papers “but you have to balance that with the need to ensure secrecy of the project”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 55,000 Leaving Cert students start their exams today in the knowledge that each paper, for the first time, has been sat in advance by an indepen(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “There is a vast array of opportunities for education, training and to get new skills throughout [students’] lives.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has welcomed an increase in the number of Leaving Cert students planning to sit higher level maths thi(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn it was “difficult to continue talking” over the din but the “small but loud minority” was entitled to protest at yesterday’s ASTI conference. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has played down the controversy over the reception he received at the ASTI conference yesterday, saying it (...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn addressing delegates at the ASTI conference in Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The main union for secondary teachers has made a fresh appeal to the Minister for Education to retain some form of State examination as part of(...)

Job satisfaction among secondary school teachers has dropped sharply in the past five years, with administrative work and school evaluations am(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn speaking to media outside Leinster House yesterday in relation to protests by teachers over the new junior cycle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Teachers protested against the new junior cycle plans yesterday as the Minister for Education defended the programme and reje(...)

Elena Nolan, Killiney, is congratulated by her mother Dara on getting her Junior Certificate results at Loreto Abbey, Dalkey. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The president of Ireland’s main second level teachers’ union says she is ‘deeply concerned’ about the decision by the Minister for Education to abolis(...)

Delegates at the ASTI Annual Convention. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Secondary teachers were urged to return a strong rejection of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals on public sector pay at the first(...)