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Chief Inspectors Report highlights problems with Maths and Irish teaching

first_imgA DETAILED REPORT based on Department of Education inspections carried out between 2010 and 2012 has highlighted shortcomings in how Maths and Irish are taught in Irish schools.The Chief Inspector’s Report says it is “of concern” that the quality of Maths teaching was rated as “satisfactory or better” in just 77 per cent of lessons observed in secondary schools.The quality of students’ learning in Irish was found to be “problematic” in almost one in three lessons observed, according to the report. Deficiencies in how the subject was taught were evident in 28 per cent of lessons.At primary level, inspectors’ findings in regard to Irish were described as “significantly less positive than those for English or Mathematics”:“The quality of Irish teaching was problematic in one fifth of the lessons observed and the quality of learning was problematic in almost one quarter of the lessons observed.”Overall, inspectors judged that 86 per cent of lessons observed in unannounced inspections at primary schools were judged to be “satisfactory or better,” while 14 per cent were “not satisfactory”.In post-primary schools, 87 per cent of lessons were judged to be satisfactory or better and 13 per cent not satisfactory.The Chief Inspector’s Report says that follow-through inspections conducted last year found that schools initially observed to be deficient were “making good efforts” to implement the recommendations of previous reports.A small number of schools where serious weaknesses were found have been referred to the Department of Education’s ‘Schools Improvement Group’ which will work with management at the schools to implement improvements.Reacting to the report, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said that in the past, there had been a “marked reluctance” to acknowledge the school system’s failings and tackle its shortcomings.“This report gives us the information that we need, both qualitative and quantitative to allow us to see the strengths and weaknesses in teaching, learning, management and leadership in our schools.”General Secretary of the ASTI teaching union Pat King said the findings of the report must be seen in the context of recent cutbacks in second-level schools, including the reduction in teacher numbers and a moratorium on middle management posts.“Some of the ‘weaknesses’ identified in today’s report correspond directly to areas affected by the education cuts. These include access to career guidance services, the leadership capacity of schools and pastoral care structures in schools,” King said.Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriageRead: Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millionslast_img read more

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ComReg closes TV3 complaint against RTÉ due to insufficient grounds for action

first_imgRTÉ HAS WELCOMED the decision by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) to close a complaint submitted by TV3.The complaint submitted related to the abuse of an alleged dominant position by RTÉ/RTÉNL in relation to television transmission and distribution services.ComReg has decided to close the TV3 complaint “on the basis that there are insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses”.ComplaintTV3 submitted a complaint against the national broadcaster which alleged that contrary to Section 5 of the Competition Act 2002 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) RTÉNL engaged in pricing practices that consisted of:(a) imposing charges on TV3 for the provision of analogue  terrestrial television transmission and distribution (ATTTD) services which are discriminatory in nature, in particular, that the level of charges imposed by RTÉNL on TV3 are discriminatory vis-à-vis the charges levied by RTÉNL on RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4(b) imposing unfair and excessive prices on TV3 for the provision of ATTTD services in relation to the economic value of the services provided; and(c) imposing charges on TV3 which are not proportionate to the cost to RTÉNL of providing the services being charged for.ComReg found that there are “insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses”.Information It should also be noted that Deloitte’s and ComReg’s assessment of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses has been limited by a number of factors relating to the availability of information provided by both parties.RTÉ said in a statement that they welcomed “the fact that the ComReg investigation is now formally closed”.The complaint was submitted by TV3 in 2008 and the investigation commenced in 2011, assisted by Deloitte.Comreg’s full report into the complaint can be read here.Read: RTÉ’s World Cup analysis took an unexpected turn last night>Read: Meet the new boss, journalists: Peter Feeney to become the 2nd ever Press Ombudsman>last_img read more

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