Under current plans, students sitting the 2022 State exams would see adjustments and more choice on their exam papers to account for the pandemic impact on education over the past two years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has confirmed that it is “advancing all preparations” for the 2022 Junior and Leaving Cert including oral and (...)

Students, school leaders  and Opposition parties are now united in their opposition to pressing ahead with the exams as planned. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

In April 2020 Leo Varadkar insisted the Leaving Cert would go ahead “by hook or by crook”. It didn’t, of course. In early 2021, Minister for Educatio(...)

The Joint Managerial Body, the largest school management body at second level, said moving exams to Easter would help schools significantly.  Photograph: Getty Images

Leaving Cert oral exams could be moved to the Easter holidays to ease what school managers describe as a “crisis” in teacher supply. Education source(...)

 Minister for Education Norma Foley meet with higher education institutions to discuss freeing up additional student teachers. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Minister for Education Norma Foley has announced a series of urgent measures aimed at tackling a staffing crisis facing schools including an extra 200(...)

‘Examinations have a role to play but should not dominate,’ Paddy Flood of Education and Training Boards Ireland told the Oireachtas committee on education.

Stress and anxiety among Leaving Cert students “virtually disappeared” over the past two years thanks to the introduction of teacher assessments inste(...)

Officials say the levels quoted in official advice followed a public health review of safe ventilation levels. Photograph: iStock

Official guidelines for safe ventilation levels in school are not strong enough and raise the risk of superspreader events, some experts have warned. (...)

As schools reopen, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation  has called for a review of the use of face masks for primary school children. Photograph: iStock

School leaders are hopeful they will be able to resume tours, sports matches and indoor activities over the coming months as public health restrictio(...)

The Opposition will seek to ram home key messages that the Coalition is uninterested in fairness, the welfare of vulnerable groups, and is unnecessarily opening up people to economic hardship. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As far as sweeteners to a bitter pill go, having another €3.5 billion to throw at taxpayers is no bad thing. Unfortunately for the Coalition, amid the(...)

Principal Fiona Lennon welcomes fourth-year students back to St Mary’s Academy CBS in Carlow as the last cohort of students returned to schools in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Children’s campaigners have called on all members of society to work together to suppress community transmission of Covid-19 and prioritise children’s(...)

Under the new system, students in special schools or classes are automatically exempt. Photograph: Getty

Fewer secondary school students are securing exemptions for learning Irish since new rules were introduced two years ago. The system of opt-outs was (...)

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