Billy Timmins Wicklow & East Carlow TD has warned that we cannot continue to take chances with the future of our children.
Timmins was referring to that time in primary education which covers key periods in learning where vital literacy, numeracy and socialisation skills are developed.
The RENUA Ireland deputy leader said
”The world is changing quickly and Ireland is a country that now lags rather than leads in primary education.
Making changes to improve these standards is crucial in any policy.
For that to happen though we need to know how our children are faring.
We can’t leave their future to chance.
To ensure this will not happen, RENUA Ireland will prioritise performance tests for school children.
Primary schools will use standardised testing in the area of literacy, language and numeracy twice yearly.
Parents will be informed of these results as soon as they are available.
Our ambition in this regard is to ensure that no child will be left behind because of official indifference.
Such tests will be critical in securing another RENUA objective; the restoration of primary school teacher pupil ratios to European norms.
We cannot continue to take chances with the future of our children.
RENUA Ireland also intends to ensure that as part of developing all of a child’s potential that teachers with special talents and qualifications in specific areas such as music, drama and art will be encouraged and supported to take other classes within a school by local arrangement.”