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23/10/2012 [Statements] Our percentage figures are among the highest in Europe.
The junior certificate is no longer a high stakes examination. For this reason, it no longer serves the educational needs of every young person. Real change only occurs when there is real change in assessment. This is what all...
Vol-218 Book-2
23/10/2012 [Statements] I welcome the Minister's plans for the literacy and numeracy strategy. I remember working on the National Economic and Social Forum report on this subject. I was alarmed at the figures, with one in ten children leaving school with literacy issues and rising to one in four children in....Vol-218 Book-2 Page [82]
23/10/2012 [Statements] Was this from parents or teachers?[Quinn, Ruairí]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [82]
23/10/2012 [Statements] Immense experience.[Quinn, Ruairí]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [85]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I thank the Minister. I will use that phrase the next time. I am acutely aware of how the current system is failing many of our students and I look forward with great enthusiasm to the imminent changes.[Moran, Mary]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [85]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I welcome the Minister to the House. I did my junior certificate in June 2003, almost ten years ago.[Reilly, Kathryn]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [85]
23/10/2012 [Statements] That long ago?[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [85]
23/10/2012 [Statements] At level 3-----[Quinn, Ruairí]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [88]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I welcome the Minister to the House. It is always interesting to hear his ideas on reform of education about which he has spoken for many years. I would like to start in a different place, and I know that is a phrase used in a Kerryman's directions.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [88]
23/10/2012 [Statements] The Senator is going to start at university level.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [88]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I also welcome the Minister to the House. In the main, I agree with many of the comments of many of the previous speakers, particularly those of Senator Barrett. My own experience of teaching has been very limited and was limited to university teaching. However, many of the difficult...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [90]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I join with colleagues in welcoming the Minister to the House. There are many nice aspects to being in Seanad Éireann, but one of the nicer ones is that no one is ever in the press gallery and few are in the public Gallery. It is like having a private audience with the Minister. He m...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [92]
23/10/2012 [Statements] Their crime was to tell people not to worry and that there would not be one.[Quinn, Ruairí]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [92]
23/10/2012 [Statements] The Minister should examine the entire issue and the nuance of their statement. They stated that the data to date had not given a particular reason to be worried about an earthquake. This was not unreasonable. There are no data that can be used to predict earthquakes.
We live in a ...
Vol-218 Book-2 Page [92]
23/10/2012 [Statements] The Minister is welcomed every time someone rises, but it is all true. I am sorry that Senator Reilly is not present, but I was reminded of a panel at which we both spoke during the general election. Someone tweeted about her age and suggested that she stay home and do her homework. ...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [93]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I welcome the Minister to the House to discuss this very important topic. I will begin with a quote from a man who would know much about education and failure within the system, the former governor of Mountjoy, Mr. John Lonergan. He stated that we teach our children how to make a liv...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [94]
23/10/2012 [Statements] Senator Daly mentioned the Harvard saying that if something is not being measured, it is not being done. As somebody who had the great privilege of attending Harvard as a student for a period, I know another great phrase is "bringing the best" from people in every sense. That sums up ...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [95]
23/10/2012 [Statements] There has been much talk about radical reform but I am concerned that many children will have been in the system for ten to 12 years and that some of them will have been well and truly abandoned by the time they get to the junior certificate. Senator Barrett spoke about primary educati...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [96]
23/10/2012 [Statements] I thank the 13 Senators who spoke in this debate for their comments and for the general support I have received from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, the Independents and my Government colleagues. There is much meat in the document, and I will not repeat it now, but I want to focus on literacy ...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [97]
23/10/2012 [Statements] Why was that?[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [100]
23/10/2012 [Statements] The NCCA did not reckon it was worth mainstreaming. We hope our primary school teachers, who now study for four years and who are coming from the top 15% of leaving certificate results, will have at least one modern continental language and will be able to teach it as primary school te...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [100]
23/10/2012 [Statements] When is it proposed to sit again?[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [101]
23/10/2012 [Statements] At 10.30 a.m. tomorrow morning.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [101]
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