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Prof Luke O’Neill is among the signatories of the letter urging political parties to make the establishment of the new department a priority in the government formation talks. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If Ireland’s higher education and research sector is left to face its current financial challenge on its own, “with the State ignoring it the way it h(...)

The class of 2020 faces lots of questions this year. Photograph: iStock

Will CAO points for my course go up or down? Should I defer college until the Covid-19 fallout subsides? Will it be worth getting student accommodat(...)

Are you happy with the decision? Do you think it is fair? Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

This year’s Leaving Cert exams are set to be cancelled, with students awarded predictive grades based on their classwork, according to Irish Times Edu(...)

A  student wearing a mask takes part in a final secondary school exam in Hong Kong. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Authorities should consider requiring Leaving Cert students to wear face masks and to observe strict social distancing rules when exams get underway i(...)

Many students will not be happy with the decision to delay the Leaving Certificate until later in the year. File photograph: PA

The move to delay the Leaving Cert exams brings much needed clarity for tens of thousands of anxious students. But it also heaps even more pressure o(...)

The closure of schools, colleges and childcare facilities was ordered from Thursday, March 12th. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Leaving Cert exams scheduled in June are to be postponed and will now run from late July until August, the Government has announced. The Junior C(...)

Grafton street

Will it be July or September? Whenever it is, it will be to a much changed world. In China, normality is creeping back. Shops are reopening. Pe(...)

Thousands of special needs assistants who normally work in schools will be on standby to fill vacancies created by moving nurses and medical staff out of community healthcare setting and into frontline jobs. Photograph: iStock

All 16,000 special needs assistants employed by schools are to be placed on standby to fill vacancies created by moving nurses and medical staff out o(...)

Teachers’ unions say they do not expect members will be redeployed to assist with health services. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions say they do not expect members will be redeployed to assist with health services as part of the Government’s efforts to contain the c(...)

Students are learning remotely in greater numbers than ever before since the coronavirus school closures. Photograph: iStock

‘Start really small’ Sarah-Jayne Carey ICT, and Leaving Cert computer science teacher at Coláiste Bríde Presentation Secondary School Start small and(...)

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