Press Release, Irish Department of Education and Skills (September 5, 2012)
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., will go ahead with a sweeping overhaul to teacher education. Following recommendations from a recent Higher Education Authority (HEA) report, only six “centres for teacher education” will provide Initial Teacher Education (ITE) offering primary and post-primary teaching. In the new system, greater emphasis will be placed on literacy, math and pedagogical skills. Additional curricular reforms have already been outlined by the Minister.
The HEA has been asked to submit a report with more formal proposals and financial implications by the end of the year.