Labour TD Deputy Ann Phelan has today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn of reforms which will implement major changes to the Junior Certificate programme.
‘This is a very welcome initiative - the old Junior Cert, in some instances, allowed for students to cram, memorize, regurgitate and in a lot of cases, to forget.’ The new system revolves around a three-year cycle and will seek to change the focus away from examinations and more toward regular assessment. Rather than get exam results, pupils and parents will receive a more rounded report on learning achievements including attendance, teamwork and behaviour’
‘These reform mechanisms will allow students develop their skills further with the aid of the many excellent teachers in the system, and ultimately an opportunity to be taught as real learners and not as regurgitators.’
The change at Junior cycle is reflective of best practice and research internationally and will be phased in over the next eight years.