It is reassuring to see that an effort is being made to highlight the issue of grade inflation in Ireland. Having attended the
I think it’s really great that you founded this website because I believe too that there is a serious problem regarding low standards in Irish third level institutions. I did an MA in
I recently came across your website and I was astounded at the profound lack of knowledge your organization shows with respect to the Irish education marking system. For your information, HETAC has become an awarding body where they rarely ever give first class honours degrees nowadays. That must stop…….. Institutes of Technologies and Universities ARE cutting people down in their marks. I was forced to study abroad recently because of the fact that its impossible to get a first class honours degree in some Institutes of Technology.
Having returned to third-level education after being “out” for over 15 years, I can tell you I was astounded not only by the clear deterioration in academic ability of many of my younger classmates (for whom basic literacy was sometimes a struggle) but also by the decline in teaching standards, generally (there were a couple of outstanding exceptions). What is particularly disturbing was the courses I attended were of a technical nature. Having worked in the IT sector for 20 years, we find it’s now not uncommon to find job applicants who have graduated from third level CS courses with honours but who yet struggle to programme anything remotely more complex than a simple tax calculation programme in Java. The implication for our economic competitiveness, credibility and attractiveness to foreign investment, yet alone domestic innovation patterns, are frightening? If you can’t manage “Hello World” then it’s “Goodbye Ireland.”
I am a 3rd year student attending