Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed today’s publication of results under the new Junior Cycle as an important landmark in education reform. The changes mean that the results being presented for English are now based on a new subject specification, assessment and grading system, which combines state examination results with classroom based assessment. This marks the start of a phased implementation which will extend this approach to other subjects in the coming years.
Tony Donohoe, Head of Education and Social Policy at Ibec stated: "Our economy and our prosperity are intrinsically linked to the strength of our education system. In reforming the junior years of second-level education, we will deliver better outcomes for our students and help underpin our long-term prosperity. The new curriculum gives teachers the space to be innovative and provide a more rounded education experience to their pupils. It should also equip students with the skills and appetite for continuous learning, which will help them to fulfil their future potential.
"This reform could mark the start of the single most radical educational change in decades. We urge the Government to now introduce new curricula and assessment methods to the Leaving Certificate as soon as possible. Moving away from the dominance of rote learning and written exams will help develop critical thinking skills, that are required in the modern workplace, from an early age."