Quinn defends decision to block school league tables

The Education Minister has defended his decision to block the publication of secondary school league tables because they do not give the "full picture".

Ruairi Quinn yesterday secured Cabinet approval to prevent the public and media from accessing exams data which they could use to compile the tables.

He said the information was purely based on reports from third-level institutions into where their students come from, and that comparing schools purely on where their graduates went to college is not fair.

"It's not that they're misleading…They just don't capture the full story," he said.

"I think it's unfair to some of the schools if you compare 'school X' with 'school Y' purely on the basis of how many of their graduates or students go on to third-level college."

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