Junior Cert

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It’s back to school time at the Institute of Education on Leeson Street in the heart of Georgian Dublin as the signs are everywhere. A young girl ner(...)

Apprenticeships are industry-led and based around the staffing needs of small, medium and large firms so, almost by definition, all apprenticeships are for roles in high demand. Photograph: iStock

What’s most surprising about apprenticeships? Is it that it took a recession – and the near collapse in the numbers of school-leavers taking them up(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: says the reforms will make the process fairer and that safeguards are in place to ensure any decision to grant an exemption ‘should not be taken lightly’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This week the Minister for Education announced a relaxation of the system for awarding exemptions from studying Irish. On the face of it, it might no(...)

The magic sauce which makes some schools better than others is hard to identify.

How do you choose the best secondary school for your child? New Irish economic research has some interesting insights. One is that paying for a fee-pa(...)

An external view of Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre. Photograph:  Fennells

Oberstown Children Detention Campus, where Boy A and Boy B have been remanded in custody pending sentencing for the murder of Ana Kriégel, is situated(...)

Some students in Tuesday’s Leaving Cert exam complained about the audio quality in the Spanish exam.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Students have criticised the audio quality of the Leaving Cert Spanish exam as “mumbled” , “echoey” and “difficult to hear”. The criticism comes just(...)

Students sitting the second paper in Higher Level Irish for the Junior Cert on Thursday afternoon encountered a paper that was more difficult than pap(...)

Students sitting the first paper in Higher Level Irish for the Junior Cert on Thursday morning encountered a “very fair paper” that would have pleased(...)

A Status Yellow rain warning is hanging over seven counties until Thursday morning with up to 32mm of rain expected across Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. File photograph: EPA

Those eagerly looking forward to exam weather this week have been left sorely disappointed by a blanket of heavy cloud which remains over much of the (...)

Students were asked in Wednesday’s paper about current issues including lowering of the voting age to 16.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Students sitting the last Junior Certificate examination to be held on the Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) syllabus were met with a “fair(...)

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