The State Examinations Commission insists there has been no change in the exam standards of the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Failure rates among students sitting higher level Leaving Cert subjects have dropped dramatically as thousands of candidates benefit from a more gener(...)

 According to a report published  this year by the National Parents’ Council, almost one-third of parents of primary school pupils said their children could not walk to school because of the weight of their schoolbags. Photograph: iStock

August This is the most stressful month of the year for many parents and back to school cost are all to blame. It is 50 years since the then minister (...)

Richard Bruton: directed that the boy be enrolled when the school reopens next month. Photograph: Jason Clarke

A Co Galway secondary school has succeeded in quashing a decision of the Minister for Education compelling it to accept a pupil who does not fit its (...)

Ian Drennan, Director of Corporate Enforcement,  said the entire process had been “nothing short of a disgrace”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement took almost three years to hire six senior accountants. At one stage, ODCE boss Ian Drennan said the (...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers:  “Any suggestion of introducing a teaching excellence framework-based approach in Ireland will further demoralise our universities.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

College lecturers have criticised plans which they say could result in rankings on teaching quality which place a major emphasis on student satisfacti(...)

A spokeswoman for the Department said a revised national annual graduate outcomes survey is being drafted, which is due to be in place by next year.

A review into the quality of higher education following concerns over the impact of falling investment and rising student numbers will be carried out (...)

A new student accommodation development under construction on Mill Street, Dublin 8. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Student unions have warned that the vast majority of college applicants cannot afford newly-built student accommodation. The warning comes as higher (...)

Leo Varadkar said all householders who paid water bills would be refunded by Christmas

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has all but ruled out the likelihood that householders will be asked to repay the €100 water conservation. Mr Varadkar disclos(...)

Under the “digs” system a student rents a room in a family home, usually from Monday to Friday, and returns home for the weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

As the search for accommodation for the college term gets under way, students’ unions are encouraging people to consider offering “digs” as an alterna(...)

Richard Bruton: the Minister only has the power at present to appoint a “visitor” to a university. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is seeking powers to appoint investigators to examine “issues of concern” in higher education institutions. The(...)