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Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy O'Connor. Fresh air is always most welcome. I call Deputy Patricia Ryan.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Patricia Ryan: I welcome the chance to speak on this issue. The Bill is long overdue. I understand that several amendments were tabled in the Seanad by my party colleagues but were not taken on board. I urge the Minister to take another look at those amendments. We need to give students the right to be heard in the event of a review. We also need to shift the blame in circumstances where an approach...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Carol Nolan: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as ucht an Bille a chuir sí os ár gcomhair inniu. We know that the accredited grades system has caused a significant amount of anxiety for students and parents. We know that in unprecedented times and events, students were discommoded. It was a very difficult time and they were expected to adjust to the whole process. I commend the high...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: I am conscious of having very limited time so I will touch briefly on a number of items in the Bill. We cannot have a situation which we saw last year on grades and the disappointment for many students where it was too late for them to attend courses. We need grades to be provided in a more timely manner. Students also need more clarity on the standardisation process. Consideration...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy and we move now to Deputy Canney sharing with Deputy Verona Murphy.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Canney: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and I am sharing with my good colleague, Deputy Verona Murphy. I welcome the opportunity to be able to speak on this Bill this evening. We have had a sea change. I was reflecting on what Deputy Bruton was saying, on what has happened in the past two years in education and how the whole system was forced to change because of the pandemic. Our students, teachers,...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Verona Murphy: I thank the Ceann Comhairle. I also welcome the opportunity to speak on this topic as the Bill is presented today. Months ago, when it became obvious that the leaving certificate would not be able to proceed in its usual format in 2021 and there was much debate on what should be done, I called for a choice to be given to the students between estimated grades and sitting the examinations. I...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Mick Barry: I mainly wish to discuss open access to third level education. Before doing so, however, I welcome the fact that school profiling is not part of this proposal. That is very important. I also welcome that there are sanctions against the lobbying of teachers, which is also important. That took place in some areas last summer and it was completely unfair to the teachers. It is good to have...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: First, I wish to recall that in 2016 we set the target of having the best education and training system in Europe by 2026. I am very heartened by the progress that has been made. I believe passionately that it can be achieved. We have an excellent basis to do so. However, I will point out to the Minister that it is about more reform, not about more resources in the main. It is about the...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: You are listed here but a little further down. Since you are here now, on you go. You are taking a Government slot and then I will come back to Deputy Cronin.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Alan Farrell: Thank you, a Cheann Comhairle. I appreciate that very much. As a member of the committee on education, I was pleased, alongside my colleagues, to be able to waive pre-legislative scrutiny on this Bill. It is important we play our part in getting the Bill through the Houses. I thank the Minister for the manner in which it was brought before us through committee in respect of the...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We move now to Deputy Cronin. I apologise for the confusion earlier.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Réada Cronin: I wish to go back to the issue of the algorithm, in respect of which, I believe, the necessary detail is distinctly lacking. I wrote to the Minister about this last year as well. While the algorithm is a central aspect of the exam, it appears in the Bill as only a passing reference in the context of the standardisation process. This does not make any sense. This year we need absolute...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: As we are discussing education, it would be appropriate to begin my remarks by paying tribute to Seamus Deane, one of Ireland's great academics and intellectuals, who has just passed away. I was privileged enough when I was studying English literature in UCD, having entered there in 1987, that Seamus Deane was already an intellectual legend teaching in UCD. I remember reading his wonderful...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy O'Connor is down to speak next but he does not seem to be in the Chamber. In that case, I will move on to Deputy Cronin of Sinn Féin. I see now that Deputy Farrell is indicating.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Alan Farrell: I suspect that the Ceann Comhairle's list may be out of date. I was told I would be after Deputy Gannon.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: Táim ag roinnt mo chuid ama ach ní chím an Teachta eile sa Teach faoi láthair. In common with Deputies who have already spoken and probably those who will speak afterwards, I acknowledge the difficulty gone through by this year's leaving certificate cohort as well as the impact that the pandemic has had on young people's lives, not just in terms of their education, but...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Pauline Tully: While I support the Bill, I am concerned about a couple of issues. For example, if a parent, guardian or grandparent approaches a teacher or member of a school's personnel to try to influence grades but does so without the knowledge or consent of the pupil, the pupil should not be held responsible or accountable. A fine should be imposed on the person making the approach instead of the...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Gary Gannon: I thank the Minister for speaking on the arrangements in the legislation required for the leaving certificate model of 2021. However, a large part of what I wish to speak about relates to the failing of the leaving certificate examination prior to the pandemic and the ambition that both sides of the Chamber should have to change it for the benefit of our younger people. There is an...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: The Minister is very welcome. I thank her for producing legislation to underpin this process. It is timely and important. We worked together to waive the necessity for pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill, which was a good sign that we would work on this together. Respectfully I have to disagree with my Sinn Féin colleague on the issue of canvassing. The Labour Party is quite...

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