1+1 = 2
That was Health Minister, Doctor James Reilly giving a guest lecture in junior cert maths in the Dail.
Meanwhile, Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn was busy overhauling the same school year within the Irish Education System.
The proposal by the Minister to replace the Junior Cert, which currently sees students revising towards a final, all or nothing end-of-year exam in each subject, will be replaced by a process of continual assessment through project-work, combined with a lesser percentage exam at the end of the year.
It seems many students and parents are happy to hear that changes are ahead, as it will give students who struggle with end of year exams a chance to shine and be marked on their achievements during class-time, by way of assignments and group work.
But in comparison, some teachers and teachers unions are not happy with Quinn's plans
Students will also be given the option to take on more tailored subjects such as IT Programming and certain manual skills that could be of benefit to them in the workforce.
So gone will be the ‘Learn it off for the exam and forget it once that’s done’. But all students must still take the three core subjects of Irish, English and Maths at Junior Cert level.
Under this new system students would be more inclined to ask for further help and clarification of who, what, why, where, when or how.
This is a great idea as far as I’m concerned. I wish it were in place when I was at secondary level. However, I would like some clarification on the following points.
Next they will want money to change an ink cartridge or boil the kettle in the staff room. (Sounds familiar).
To teach skills to any section of society should be a passion. Many teachers today only seem to be interested in the pay cheque and the summer holidays.
A true teacher should take these changes on the chin and look forward being able to bring out the best of all their students through all aspects of the new system.
The Minister says he has no plans to make similar changes to the Leaving Certificate. I disagree that
Hooray for the Junior Certificate overhaul…but boo for the unions and greedy teachers!
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