Junior Cert

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There is a  shortage of examiners just over a week  before the start of the Junior and Leaving Cert. Photograph: The Irish Times

Education authorities have launched an urgent appeal for teachers to mark the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert with just over a week to go before the star(...)

Junior Cert students from Temple Carrig School in  Greystones, Co Wicklow, get  a nice surprise  before getting their results  last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Late last year Minister for Education Joe McHugh requested a review of the optional nature of history in the junior cycle. It was against a backgroun(...)

The judge ordered that the Nigerian passports, allegedly retained by solicitor Ashimedua Okonkwo since late 2017, be returned “forthwith”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A solicitor’s retention of the passports of a Nigerian woman and her teenage daughter, currently in emergency accommodation, in a dispute over €1,500 (...)

Kyra, Ryli and Max Mania.

Kyra Mania is no ordinary teenager. Sister to four siblings, three of them severely autistic, the 18-year-old has been a huge support to her parents s(...)

 It makes little sense that 14 years of schooling is  judged in a three-hour exam on a sunny June day.

Anna sat the Leaving Certificate in the summer of 2017 and secured a place in Trinity. She got 580 points, was pleased with her results, yet her next (...)

Tania Rosser: “I’d love to get touch into primary schools here. It’s a great way for girls to get into sport, and maybe transition into rugby later.” Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

If you’ve seen people running around a rugby field with an oval ball but yelling “touch” instead of barrelling into each other, then you’ve seen the g(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh speaks at the Irish Primary Principals’ Network’s annual conference in Citywest last January. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The reception which Ministers for Education get at teachers’ conferences tends to range from plain frosty to outright hostile. So, when Joe McHugh – (...)

‘The school tried its best, but they were struggling and ill-equipped’: Suzanne Voakes and her son Rian (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rian is almost seven. He loves the Avengers, playing with Lego, climbing and messy play. “He’s the joy of our family,” says his mother, Suzanne Voake(...)

A  Constance Markievicz 1918 election poster, erected last year to mark a special exhibition. Photograph:  Getty Images

YES: “It is only by studying history that we learn who we are” Mary O’Rourke I want to give two cheers to Joe McHugh for reviewing the decision to r(...)

The Leaving Cert higher level Irish paper

This week it emerged that several thousand students are opting not to sit the Leaving Cert Irish exam each year. So why are so many students opting n(...)

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