Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Brendan Smith has welcomed the fact that the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has now seen sense about the time-frame for introducing a new limit on the number of subjects for the Junior Certificate.
Deputy Smith commented, “Minister Quinn caused unnecessary panic among parents, children and teachers in July when he announced that the new limit of eight subjects for the Junior Certificate would apply for next year’s first years.
“Such significant reform cannot be rushed through without the necessary planning and preparation for everyone involved. It is quite clear that the Minister did not think this through properly when he first announced the plans in July. I am glad that he has now recognised the need to implement these changes with care and over the necessary period of time.
“Fianna Fáil in Government began the process of reforming the Junior Cert cycle and we continue to support appropriate reform. However if our young people are to benefit from these changes, they must be implemented in the right way to minimises the stress on students and on schools. I welcome the fact that Minister Quinn is now taking a more sensible, long-term approach.”