Education Minister accused of being on a personal crusade on new Junior Cycle

Charlie McConalogue 2

The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has been accused of engaging in a personal crusade to abolish all independent assessment at junior cycle level.

Teachers object to the move to replace the traditional Junior Cert exam with teachers assessing their own students for a new Junior Cycle Student Award, given by schools.

Unions say it will lead to variations in results between schools, put teachers under pressure from parents to award favourable grades, and undermine education standards.

Donegal Deputy Charlie McConologue, Fianna Fail's Education Spokesperson agree - he is questioning the minister's motives: