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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been elected in Dublin West after fifth count. Phograph:   Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Fine Gael will “do its duty” and lead the Opposition if it cannot form a government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. In such a scenario he would see(...)

Gearing up for their first time to vote: Lucan Community College students (back row) Megan Miclea, Seán Egan and Lucy Rhodes; (front) Sheik Bah and Lia Stokes. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Last week, Lucy Rhodes, an 18-year-old student at Lucan Community College, registered to vote for the first time. She is one of dozens at her school (...)

Instead of revising the marking scheme, an examiner is directed to select a number of scripts with a view to changing grades. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Are some students unfairly losing out on marks in the State exams? It’s a question many students and parents will be asking in light of new disclosur(...)

The commission’s method of altering marking schemes is very unusual internationally. It involves diverting marks  from questions that are “easy” if too many students score high grades.

The marking process for the Leaving Cert exams is rushed, unfair and risks compromising the accuracy of students’ grades, according to an internal Sta(...)

An initiative to tackle teacher shortages by allowing secondary schools to jointly hire staff in key subjects has not resulted in a single shared teaching post. File photograph: Getty Images

A Government initiative to tackle teacher shortages by allowing secondary schools to jointly hire staff in key subjects has not resulted in a single s(...)

Selfies and the sharing of smartphone screens are being blamed for an increase in nits and head lice among schoolchildren. Head lice require head-to-(...)

A view of the UCD campus at Belfield, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Affluent students are far more likely to study high-points courses in university and earn more within months of graduating than those from less well-o(...)

If your family demand you  consistently come top of your class, you might be wise not to take that demand seriously. But are you sure they are even demanding this?

In separate conversations in Dublin and Belfast recently, high levels of stress among third-level students came up. Some of those I spoke to attribute(...)

The number of upgraded college offers is up by almost 140%  this year due to the large volume of students appealing their results. Photograph: Getty Images

Government Ministers have intervened to pressurise universities into providing college places for dozens of students who were told in recent days that(...)

Hundreds of school secretaries are set to engage in a one-hour work stoppage today in protest over ‘precarious’ working conditions. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of school secretaries are set to engage in a one-hour work stoppage today in protest over “precarious” working conditions. Pupils and parent(...)

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