“Your daughter currently has no option other than to study the Koran if she wishes to take Arabic for the Leaving Cert.” Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

PROBLEM: I am a Christian Syrian who has recently been forced to leave Damascus because of violence and, in particular, the bombing of the school att(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has said it is “regrettable that the second-level teaching unions have failed to engage positively with the [junior cycle reform] proposal”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the planned new junior cycle have collapsed after the teacher unions rejected a compromise offer from Minist(...)

The main union for secondary school teachers has voted to escalate its industrial action over plans to reform the Junior Cycle to include the threat of strike action.

The main union for secondary school teachers has voted to escalate its industrial action over plans to reform the Junior Cycle to include the threat o(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Joint Managerial Body has called on her to revert to the pre-October 2012 NCCA Framework for the junior cycle for a five-year period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Secondary school managers are urging Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to scale down the extent of her junior cycle reforms as the threat of strik(...)

Áine Hyland: “The issue of depth of treatment and clarity of examination specifications will become an issue for all Leaving Cert subjects as the revision of Leaving Cert syllabi proceeds.” Photograph: Mark Kelleher

A planned new syllabus for Leaving Cert science subjects is in danger of creating lower s(...)